Stories for January 2011

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Monday, January 31

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Jimmy Westlake: To the heart of a comet

This Valentine’s Day, NASA plans to shoot an arrow through the heart of a comet, figuratively speaking. The target is Comet Tempel 1. The arrow is the Stardust spacecraft. If these names sound familiar, they should. Comet Tempel 1 already has been visited by a space probe from Earth — the Deep Impact spacecraft in 2005.

Investigation continues into suspected Hayden meth lab

More details emerged Monday in the police raid of a suspected methamphetamine lab in Hayden on Saturday, but no arrests had been made as of Monday evening. Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins said law enforcement officers removed “very explosive and flammable” materials Saturday morning from the suspected lab.

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Steamboat residents offers economic ideas to City Council

City Council takes criticism as it tries to put concepts into action

City Council worked to clarify three long-term goals — preserving existing assets, leveraging those assets to boost economic activity, and increasing the city’s economic diversity — then placed potential action items beneath those assets during a economic development discussion. The event was part of an ongoing series.

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Steamboat's Whiteman Primary takes on 'Romeo and Juliet'

Elle Thomas doesn’t have a huge role in Lowell Whiteman Primary School’s production of “Romeo and Juliet,” but it’s an important one nonetheless. Elle will get her chance to shine when the students perform “Romeo and Juliet” today.

Routt County commissioners standardizing on-call pay

Routt County board members seek to correct inequities

The Routt County Board of Commissioners is in the midst of correcting inequities that have persisted for years in their on-call pay policy for county employees. County Manager Tom Sullivan estimated Tuesday that the county spent between $70,000 and $100,000 in 2010 to pay certain employees to be available in case they were needed on days they were not scheduled to work. But not everyone was paid the same.

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Tom Ross: We can’t ski on polymers forever

I found myself wondering during the weekend where the skiing industry would be today without plastics. We’d still be wearing leather boots buckled into a modern version of metal skis like the old Head Standards. We could be sporting padded leather helmets while freezing our butts off riding chairlifts cushioned only with wooden slats.

Walgreens decision tonight at Steamboat City Council meeting

The Steamboat Springs City Council will address what essentially is a last attempt by developer Brian Olson to get approval for a Walgreens store he hopes to break ground on this year, but which has drawn recommendations for denial from city planning staff and the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission.

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Steamboat’s Anna Marno continues her ascent at Al­pine Junior World Ski Champ­ion­ships

Steamboat Springs skier Anna Marno is one of 14 junior athletes competing at the Al­pine Junior World Ski Champ­ion­ships. Her appearance there represents her ascent as one of the best young skiers in the country.

Sailors hockey game cancelled

Monday's game against Fountain Valley was called off because of poor traveling conditions for the visiting team. It's unlikely the game will be made up this season.

Arctic blast headed toward Steamboat

Snow will fall intermittently throughout the day today, with accumulations of 1 to 3 inches possible. Cold air will grip the region beginning tonight. Tuesday night's low could reach minus 26 degrees, with a wind chill value of minus 45 degrees.

Steamboat Springs' Matt Ladley just misses at Winter X Games

Steamboat Springs snowboarder Matt Ladley drew rave reviews from the announcers at Sunday’s Winter X Games snowboard superpipe finals, but he couldn’t quite pull off the tricks he needed to shine on one of his sports’ biggest stages.

Josh Baker leads Soroco wrestling at Valley Classic

Josh Baker was third at 140 pounds, leading the way for the Soroco High School wrestling team at the Valley Classic. Tristan Palyo placed fifth for the team and Dillon Koler was fourth.

Soroco boys basketball pressed out by Paonia

The Soroco boys basketball team struggled with Paonia full-court pressure Saturday, falling 83-53.

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All Crimes Enforcement Team raids Hayden house

The All Crimes Enforcement Team, with assistance from several Routt County law enforcement agencies, entered a Hayden home suspected of being a methamphetamine lab Saturday morning.

Soroco girls basketball team struggles in two recent games

Third quarters are beginning to become a problem for the Soroco High School girls basketball team. The Rams gave up big points in the period Friday night in a loss to Hayden, then again Saturday against Paonia.

Steamboat rider Nik Baden to appear on Disney show

At this point, it’s pretty safe to assume Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club snowboarder Nik Baden could be the next big thing. He’ll be one of four young athletes featured on Disney XD’s “Winter Next X” series.

Aging Well: Use common sense, detective work to be sugar smart

It happens every year. Just as we recover from the holidays’ sugary excess, we are bombarded with Valentine’s Day and sweet temptations. Most of us will indulge in a handful or two of candy hearts and chocolates. Little treats here and there can add bright spots to our days, especially in the depths of winter.

The Record for Jan. 29

The Record for Jan. 29

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Luke Graham: Mendoza-Forsyth is taking the next step

The player that Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball coach Kelly Meek gushed about just four years ago seems to be the player everybody is starting to see. The difference is the confidence he has found in recent games, including a big three-pointer in a win against Moffat County.

Steamboat briefs: Volunteers sought for Winter Carnival events

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association is seeking volunteers to help with the Winter Carnival street events Saturday and Sunday. Various times are available.

Economic talk moves forward in Steamboat

City Council to discuss development goals, implementation today

There’s certainly no shortage of ideas in the city’s ongoing discussions about economic development. The trick, Steamboat Springs City Council member Jon Quinn said Sunday, is to filter those ideas and turn the best into action plans. Quinn said he hopes to see that process move forward in today’s City Council discussion about economic development.

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3 days of tennis wrap up in Steamboat Springs

A busy weekend at the Tennis Center came to a close Sunday as champions were named. Corbin Diehl won twice on the three-day Mixed Doubles and Junior Championships' final day, winning the boys advanced title.

Deb Babcock: They’re not dead, just dormant

Now that most of our gardens are asleep under a blanket of snow, you might wonder how your plants make it through a long, cold Steamboat Springs winter. Especially one as cold as this year’s has been.

Monday Medical: Cardiac news: Fact or fiction?

Is there a link between a deficiency of vitamin D and a higher risk of cardiac disease? The answer is a qualified maybe from Steamboat Springs cardiologist Dr. Will Baker, of Heart Center of the Rockies. Baker will address some recent cardiac-based news reports in a February talk called News Flash or Trash? Separating Fact From Fiction.

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Ski For Women in Steamboat raises $5,000 for Advocates

About 100 people dressed as their favorite Disney character Sunday afternoon to participate in an annual fundraiser at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center to benefit Advocates Building Peaceful Communities. The 10th annual Colorado Ski For Women raised an estimated $5,000 for Advocates, executive director Diane Moore said.

Library films go wild in Steamboat

Series of wildlife festival’s best movies starts at 6 tonight

Bud Werner Memorial Library will be hosting a free screening of "Snow Leopard: Beyond the Myth,” a 49-minute film, tonight at Bud Werner Memorial Library. “Snow Leopard” is the first screening of the library’s new, ongoing Wild Films series, which will feature some of the best films from the International Wildlife Film Festival.

Sunday, January 30

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Rio Blanco property offers half-acre parcels, fishing, hunting

Elk Creek Ranch developer and Steamboat Springs resident Bill Wheeler has sold all but nine of the 65 home sites on his vast fishing and hunting ranch in Rio Blanco County.

Routt County real estate transactions for Jan. 21 to 27, 2011

Routt County real estate transactions for Jan. 21 to 27, 2011

Foreclosure Sale No. 10-269

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-269; Original Grantor(s): Timberline Corral, LLC Original Beneficiary(ies): Wells Fargo Bank, National Association

Foreclosure Sale No. 10-270

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-270; Original Grantor(s): James M Summers and Rachelle A Summers Original Beneficiary(ies): Bank of America, N.A.

On the Market: Casey’s Pond site gets approval for rezoning

The Steamboat Springs Plan­ning Commission unanimously approved two measures Thursday night to change the land-use designation for the 5.52-acre site of the Casey’s Pond Subdivision. The site where Casey’s Pond Senior Living has proposed to build a senior citizens residential complex borders Walton Creek Road close to the intersection of U.S. Highway 40. It is accessed off Walton Creek Road by a new extension of Owl Hoot Trail and the development lies west of Owl Hoot.

Foreclosure Sale No. 10-271

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-271, Original Grantor(s): John C Skovgaard and Brenda F Skovgaard Original Beneficiary(ies): Washington Mutual Bank, FA Current Holder of Evidence of Debt: Bank of America, National Association

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Hayden's Salazar leaving mark on CSU-Pueblo track and field team

2009 Hayden High School graduate setting records for Thunderwolves

It didn’t take long for 2009 Hayden High School graduate Holli Salazar to leave a lasting legacy at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Despite being just a sophomore for the Thunderwolves, Salazar’s name already litters the record books.

Foreclosure Sale No. 11-043

COMBINED NOTICE - EXPEDITED - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103(5) and CRS §38-38-904(2)(d) FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 11-043; Original Grantor(s): Michael L. Turner and Viola Ursula Turner, Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for E*Trade Wholesale Lending Corp.

John F. Russell: X Games wow watchers

What is it about the Winter X Games that makes us stop whatever we are doing for a few minutes just to gaze at the television? On Thursday night, it was the big air action, the whine of a snowmobile motor and the realization that there are guys out there willing to risk their life and limbs to stop us in our tracks and make us utter under our breath, “Is that possible?”

Foreclosure Sale No. 10-272

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-272; Original Grantor(s): James M. Temple Original Beneficiary(ies): Bank of America, N.A. Current Holder of Evidence of Debt: Bank of America, N.A.

John Ponikvar: Process not flawed

As a member of the Colorado Senate District 8 Vacancy Committee, I have to say that I am extremely happy with the process that was used to replace former state Sen. Al White. The steps taken to provide transparency by Chairman Phil Vaughan and Secretary Audrey Danner were well thought out.

Jonathan Huge: Plan short-sighted

I am one of a number of parents who are upset by the recent implementation of Soda Creek Elementary School’s “Hang Up and Hang Out” program. The aim of the program is to get parents to stop taking cell phone calls when they are with their children in order to promote responsible technology use. Students were required to participate in a mandatory assembly, were sent home with contracts for parents, and were told that they would get a button only if their parents signed the contracts. Parents felt that unless they complied, their children would feel excluded.

Joel Reichenberger: Caught up in ski cross

Wrestling, basketball, cycling, Alpine skiing, freestylers, kayakers, runners and footballers — don’t take this the wrong way. I’ve found a new favorite sport to watch and cover. The ski and snowboard cross events that swept through Steamboat Springs in the past week have won me over.

The Record for Jan. 28

The Record for Jan. 28

The Jail Report for Jan. 22 to 28

The Jail Report for Jan. 22 to 28

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden news for Jan. 30

Sincere condolences to the family and friends of Lela Spencer, who passed away.

Comcast will add Antenna TV

Comcast - Legal Notice Steamboat Springs and Routt County Areas: Effective March 3, 2011 Comcast will add Antenna TV (Ch. 253) to the channel lineup serving the area listed above.

UPDATE OF THE OAK CREEK LAND USE CODE

A public hearing Regarding the Update of the Oak Creek Land Use Code is scheduled for Thursday, February 10, 2011 at the Oak Creek Town Hall at 7:00 p.m

Final Settlement Chuck Lewis SWA (Lafarge) - Fence

Notice of Final Settlement In accordance with the notice provisions contained in 38-26-107 C.R.S. 1973, the State of Colorado, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife has established 02/16/11 as a date of Final Settlement with;

LITTLE TOOTS FAMILY RESTROOM FINAL PAYMENT

Notice is hereby given that the work for the City of Steamboat Springs relating to the LITTLE TOOTS FAMILY RESTROOM project is essentially complete. Notice is hereby given to all creditors of FOX CONSTRUCTION INC., PO Box 772971, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477, the Contractor, that FINAL PAYMENT will be made by the OWNER to the Contractor on or following February 3, 2011.

Proposals Purchasing/Contracts & Risk Manager

The City of Steamboat Springs is soliciting statements of qualifications and rate information from qualified plumbing, painting, drywall, carpentry, electrical and flooring contractors to provide services on an as-needed basis. Request for Proposal documents may be obtained by contacting Anne Small, (970) 871-8249 or asmall@steamboatsprings.net.

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Yampa Valley Housing Authority seeks mill levy

Committee to recommend tax proposal to support affordable housing agency

The board of directors of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority may be asking the voters of its district to validate its existence in fall with a new property tax that would provide it with a stable funding source. No decision to seek a property tax has been made, but the board is expected to receive a recommendation to that effect Feb. 10.

Bus Shelter improvements project complete

Notice is hereby given that the work for the City of Steamboat Springs relating to the BUS SHELTER IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT essentially complete. Notice is hereby given to all creditors of HOLMQUIST-LORENZ CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, 2667 Copper Ridge Circle, Unit 2, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 the Contractor, that PARTIAL FINAL PAYMENT will be made by the OWNER to the Contractor on or following February 3, 2011.

WALTON CREEK PARK ESTATES LOT 4 #FP-11-01

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION NOTICE OF FINAL DECISION WALTON CREEK PARK ESTATES LOT 4 #FP-11-01 Let it be known to all interested parties that a request for the development application described below has been filed in the office of the Steamboat Springs Department of Planning and Community Development:

CRAWFORD ADDITION (REMINGTON HOUSE)

CRAWFORD ADDITION TO STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, BLOCK 7 TRACT B (REMINGTON HOUSE) #HRA-10-04 Let it be known to all interested parties that a request for the Historic Register Application described below has been filed in the office of the Steamboat Springs Department of Planning & Community Development:

Historic Preservation meeting Remington House

Project: Crawford Addition to Steamboat Springs Block 7 Tract B #HRA-10-04 Applicant: Dona Steele, P.O. Box 771803, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 (970) 879-9038 Location of Development: Remington House, 216 Spruce Street

Town of Yampa accounts January 2011

Town of Yampa Accounts Payable January 2011

Conference for gravel pit northwest of Toponas

February 03, 2011 Those matters coming before the Routt County Planning Commission at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 03, 2011 in the New Commissioners Hearing Room, Historic Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Avenue, THIRD FLOOR, Steamboat Springs are as follows: 1. PETITIONER: ROUTT COUNTY ACTIVITY #: PP2010-030 PETITION: Pre-application Conference for a 29.49 acre gravel pit and subsequent reclamation

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Jan. 30

Sympathy to the family and friends of Marguerite Nelson who recently passed away. Also, to the family and friends of Margaret Monger, who passed away Jan. 11.

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Steamboat's Off the Beaten Path offering e-books

Steamboat shop takes on electronic literature program

As local bookstores struggle with the onslaught of electronic media, Off the Beaten Path owner Ron Krall said he thinks Google has found the answer in Google eBooks, a program through which local bookstores can sell e-book titles.

Steamboat briefs: 4-H open house is Feb. 9

Routt County 4-H is hosting a 4-H open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Steamboat Springs Community Center. The event is free and open to the public. All families with children ages 8 to 18 are encouraged to come learn about 4-H.

Saturday, January 29

Our View: Make public decisions in plain view

Bob McConnell’s complaints about how Jean White was appointed to the state Senate may come off as sour grapes, but the gist of his most recent gripe about state politics is legitimate. Openness and transparency always best serve the public, and for that reason the vacancy committee that appointed White earlier this month ought to make the votes of its members public.

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Steamboat women learn Nordic skiing ropes at Catamount clinic

4-week ski seminar starts Friday

About a dozen women took to the groomed Nordic trails around the Lake Catamount Touring Center on Friday, the final day of the four week skate-skiing series. Classes are divided by ability level, and the series that wrapped up Friday showcased the variety of residents who show up for the classes.

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Culinary arts degree on the horizon for Steamboat's CMC

College hopes to offer an associate’s in fall 2012

Peter Perhac, CEO of Color­­ado Mountain College’s Alpine Campus, told the Economic Development Council that the college is creating a two-year program in culinary arts. He said the program would include instruction for high school and college students and courses for community members.

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Draft study for Steamboat Springs looks at room for growth

A draft study from the city’s planning department indicates that vacant land in Steamboat Springs could accommodate about 4,600 new residential units and about 2 million square feet of commercial or industrial space.

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Steamboat's Dunklins grateful for community support, ‘Michele’s miracle’

Michele Dunklin walked outside the Doak Walker Care Center on Friday, closed her eyes, looked at the sun overhead and took in a deep breath. “It feels very nice,” she said. Before Friday, the last time the 47-year-old Steamboat Springs woman got to take in the mountain air was briefly on Jan. 10 when she was being transferred from an ambulance to the Doak, where she would continue her recovery from a near-fatal Dec. 8 head-on car crash.

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Steamboat girls basketball falls, 60-34, to Glenwood

For 2 1/2 quarters Saturday, the Glenwood Springs-Steam­boat Springs girls basketball game was as close as it could get. But midway through the third, the Demons found something and never looked back, turning a tied game into an easy 60-34 win.

Steamboat boys hoops beats Glenwood by a hair

Glenwood Springs High School boys basketball coach Cory Hitchcock called it a championship bout. Steamboat Springs High School coach Luke DeWolfe had called it a must win. The heated rivalry came down to the last shot, 56-54.

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Steamboat hockey grabs huge win vs. Ralston Valley

Sailors knock off No. 4 team, 4-3, at home Saturday

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team won its biggest game of the season Saturday shocking Ralston Valley, 4-3.

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Hayden wrestlers split home triangular against Glenwood, Meeker

Tigers fall to Demons, beat Cowboys

The Hayden High School wrestling team split a home triangular Saturday, the Tigers struggling against Glenwood Springs before handling Meeker.

Hayden girls hoops beats Rangely, 48-39

The Tigers entered the game ranked No. 7 in the state, just ahead of homestanding Rangely, No. 8.

Hayden boys hoops beats Rangely, 66-42

Hayden thrashed Rangely, 66-42, blowing the game open Saturday after the Panthers had managed to keep it within four points in the first.

Mixed and Junior Championships tennis results for Jan. 28

Mixed and Junior Championships tennis results for Jan. 28

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Steamboat girls basketball can’t get past start against Moffat

The Steamboat Springs girls basketball team had lapses of poor play early and weren’t able to overcome a 14-point first-half deficit, falling, 61-51, at home to Moffat County on Friday.

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Steamboat boys basketball pulls out win against Moffat

Steamboat beats rival Moffat County, 51-50

In its rivalry with Moffat County High School, nothing ever seems to come easy for the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team. But on a night where there was little flow to the game and the Sailors trailed for much of the second half, Steamboat somehow found a way to beat their rival, 51-50, in Kelly Meek Gymnasium.

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Events in Routt County this weekend

Dominic Lalli, saxophonist of Colorado jam veterans the Motet, joins forces with drummer Jeremy Salken as Big Gigantic. Paired with an incessantly vibrant light show, the duo layers heavy beats with organic melodies. The group plays at 9 p.m. Sunday at Ghost Ranch Saloon. Tickets at $15.

Strawberry Park Hot Springs robbery investigation is ongoing

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office still is working to identify a suspect in the Jan. 22 armed robbery at Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

Stagecoach State Park now offers snowshoes

State park receives donated equipment, buys trail groomer

Stagecoach State Park near Oak Creek sees about 150,000 visitors annually, but only a relative few come in winter, primarily to ice fish. Now there’s a new reason to visit the park and the frozen reservoir in winter. The park just received 10 pairs of adult snowshoes that are available to visitors are no charge.

Steamboat briefs: Jazz guest artist concert is Tuesday at high school

The second annual jazz guest artist concert featuring Nathaniel Wickham and the Steamboat Springs High School Jazz Band and Steamboat Swings is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the high school theater.

Routt school district lunch menus for Jan. 31 to Feb. 4

Routt school district lunch menus for Jan. 31 to Feb. 4

The Record for Jan. 27

The Record for Jan. 27

Steamboat hockey falls, 5-1, against Regis Jesuit

The Steamboat Springs High School hockey team lost, 5-1, on Friday to the state’s top team, Regis Jesuit. Regis jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first period thanks to goals from Rory Futz and Marshall Conrad.

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Steamboat students explore science at Christian Heritage

Fair culminates monthlong unit at Christian Heritage School

Joey Berlet had been planning his science project since the beginning of the school year. He knew come January — also known as Science Month at Christian Heritage School where he is a second-grader — he would be charged with building something that floats. The science fair Friday featured a morning of demonstrations from every kindergartner through sixth-grader.

Steamboat's Buffalo Pass snowpack is at 10 feet

Forecaster: Wind slab conditions exist in backcountry

The snow on Buffalo Pass is 10 feet deep, and there’s a chance of snow in the forecast for Sunday and Monday that could push it higher. Buffalo Pass was the general location of several soft slab avalanches Jan. 22, according to a report filed Friday by the Color­­ado Avalanche Infor­­mation Center.

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Hayden girls basketball comes back in 2nd half against Soroco

Tigers girls hoops defeats Rams, 60-46

The Hayden High School girls basketball team wasn’t always great Friday night. In fact, it frequently struggled. But where the Tigers dominated, they did so thoroughly, and despite facing a determined Soroco team playing in front of a raucous home crowd, that was enough. Hayden overcame a double-digit first-half deficit to beat Soroco, 60-46.

Hayden boys basketball pass Soroco, 59-44

The Hayden boys basketball team got up early and didn’t let off the gas until the fourth quarter Friday night, picking up a big win against Soroco, 59-44.

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Ski For Women event in Steamboat to benefit Advocates

5K to raise awareness, funds for domestic violence services

The annual Colorado Ski For Women event and fundraiser Sunday is more than a lighthearted day on the snow: The 5-kilometer ski and snowshoe event also has more somber undertones. It’s meant to raise funds and awareness for Advocates Building Peaceful Communities, an organization that offers services for victims of domestic violence.

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Steamboat businesses open doors with optimism amid down economy

Within steps of his new store’s front door, Matt Robbins has a $15,000 wood carving of a mountain lion and $12 earrings with handmade, glass beads. Variety is a defining feature of All Colorado, which opened full time earlier this month in Old Town Square, at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Friday, January 28

Forest Service reminds snowmobilers about rules

The U.S. Forest Service has issued several violations to snowmobilers caught riding in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area northeast of Steamboat Springs. There have also been violations in the Sarvis Creek and Flat Tops wilderness areas.

Steamboat Springs skier Cliff Field leads American Nordic juniors

Steamboat Springs skier Cliff Field led the Americans in Thursday’s opening Nordic combined competition at the FIS Junior World Ski Championships in Otepaa, Estonia.

Steamboat Springs snowboarder Matt Ladley qualifies for finals at X Games

The 19-year-old Steamboat Springs rider used his second of two runs Thursday at Winter X Games 15 in Aspen to qualify for the men’s Snowboard SuperPipe finals. The finals will be televised on ESPN on Sunday night.

Steamboat hockey faces 2 top-5 teams in next 2 days

Which is the real Steamboat Springs High School hockey team: the one that lost two games to struggling Aspen and Battle Mountain, or the one that has won 10 other games and looked primed for a deep playoff run?

Do or die games coming today, Saturday for Sailors girls basketball

For the girls, the Western Slope League might be the toughest in the region. And for the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team, there might not be two bigger games in the season than today’s and Saturday’s.

Rams boys to go for upset against Tigers basketball at 7:30 tonight

If the Soroco-Hayden girls game has the makings of a good matchup, the boys version doesn’t, at least on paper. Hayden hasn’t been tested in more than two weeks, winning three games in that span by an average of 25 points.

Rams-Tigers girls set for clash on basketball court

The Hayden-Soroco high school girls basketball rivalry as it has existed on the hardwood hasn’t been much of a rivalry in recent years, but the Rams hope to change that momentum tonight. The Rams and Tigers meet at 6 p.m. today at Soroco High School.

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Muzzle Loading Biathlon returns to Steamboat

Paul Yonekawa uses long, wide skis that date back at least 50 years and were originally used for ski jumping. They’re not the easiest way to navigate anything, let alone a racecourse. “But,” Yonekawa said, “they have character.” When it comes to the International Muzzle Loading Biathlon, character most certainly counts.

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Winter Carnival’s collectable button to support event, Winter Sports Club

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s mission of turning out self-reliant, goal-oriented young adults on and off the ski runs is reflected in the design of the button for the 98th Winter Carnival, which embodies one of the most significant fundraisers for the nonprofit club.

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84th Diamond Hitch Parade to slide down Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat

There can’t be many parades that require tire chains or four-wheel drive for participants. That’s because few events include a tradition like the Diamond Hitch Parade, which takes place Feb. 6 during the 98th annual Winter Carnival in Steamboat Springs.

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Creativity on display in Steamboat for Winter Carnival

Snow sculpture contest to take place Feb. 3

For years, Alice Holmquist has envied those old enough to create one of the snow sculptures that line Lincoln Avenue for Winter Carnival. Holmquist, a freshman at Steam­boat Springs High School, now has her chance. She, freshman Emma Wilson and four of their hockey teammates hope their design is among the 18 groups of six students chosen for this year’s annual midwinter celebration.

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Lighted Man preps for 40th year in Steamboat

Winter Carnival tradition continues during Night Extravaganza at Howelsen Hill on Feb. 5

As the Lighted Man and son of Claudius Banks, who started the tradition in 1936, Jon Banks will make his 40th glowing descent down Howelsen Hill in the Winter Carnival’s most notable spectacle.

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Steamboat Winter Sports Club’s Natalie Geer named Winter Carnival queen

Steamboat Springs native Natalie Geer, who has been snowboarding with the Winter Sports Club since she was in seventh grade, was named queen of the 98th annual Winter Carnival, presented by the Winter Sports Club.

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Routt County events calendar for Jan. 28 to Feb. 3

Steamboat Springs High School’s annual Dance Showcase, “Pandemonium," includes 90 dancers in 19 pieces. The show is at 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the high school auditorium.

Events for Steamboat's Winter Carnival from Feb. 2 to 6

Events for Steamboat's Winter Carnival from Feb. 2 to 6

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Students relish opportunity to be part of Steamboat Ski Band

Kristi Richardson remembers watching the Steamboat Springs High School Ski Band perform during the Winter Carnival as a girl and thinking that one day she would be a part of it. The Steamboat Springs High School sophomore now is among the nearly 70 members of the Ski Band, who will set the tone for the 98th annual Winter Carnival parade at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 6.

Hayden panel votes against Kum & Go plan

Planning Commission opposes land-use change that would allow station to move

The Hayden Planning Com­mission voted, 4-1, on Thursday to recommend denial of an amendment to the town’s land-use code that would have allowed Kum & Go to move within the historic downtown district. The Planning Commission’s action serves as a recommendation to the Hayden Town Council.

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CJ Mucklow: Larkspur can be beautiful, deadly

There’s a killer lurking in the rangelands of Northwest Colorado that takes the lives of more livestock in the Western U.S. than any other plant or predator. It’s called larkspur, a poisonous plant with two common varieties in our corner of the state: low larkspur and tall larkspur.

Dining review: Double Z Bar & BBQ

What can you say about Double Z Bar & BBQ? Well, let’s start with, “Locals love it.” Bikers, hikers, kayakers, skiers, campers, anglers, dog walkers, tubers, wanderers, concert-goers and ball players all seem to find their way in droves to the cozy establishment at the west end of Yampa Street.

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Tight races at ski, snowboard cross event’s final day in Steamboat

Steamboat Springs’ Brant Crossan said he’s still unsure how much of his ski season he’d like to dedicate to ski cross. After another shining performance on the Hole Shot tour Thursday at Steamboat Ski Area, his skiing may be making the decision for him.

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Brent Boyer: News and information on the go

There’s a lot to love about smart phones. Mine has helped organize my work and personal lives with a calendar and contacts list that automatically syncs with my laptop. Many websites offer mobile versions geared specifically for fast loading and browsing on mobile devices.

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Steamboat wins wrestling matches against Soroco, West Grand

Thursday’s wrestling triangular at Soroco High School was often an exercise in forfeiture, Soroco, Steamboat Springs and West Grand high school wrestlers rarely matching up in weight classes for actual matches. When they did butt heads, however, the action was fierce, and by the narrowest of margins — the Sailors came away on top of the heap.

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CDOT grants roll in for Steamboat Springs Transit

$667K from FASTER program to fund 2 hybrid buses, pavement upgrades

Two state grants totaling more than $667,000 will enable the city to replace at least one, if not two, of its aging buses with new hybrid models, and to repair deteriorating pavement at its transit operations center on 13th Street. The funds from the Colorado Department of Transportation are part of the FASTER prog­­ram, adopted by the state Legislature in 2009.

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Old Town Pickers take on their Steamboat Springs stomping grounds Saturday

It was the Fourth of July 2010, and Steamboat Springs musicians were jamming away in the alleyway behind Old Town Pub. The Old Town Pickers, as they were soon to be known, jammed together until 5:30 a.m. that first night.

Yampa Valley Housing Authority to weigh property tax

A task force of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority is preparing to go to its board Feb. 10 and recommend that it ask voters in November to approve a new property tax to fund its ongoing operations.

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club integral to city’s tradition

The Olympic celebration — the one that took place after former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes had claimed five medals in Vancouver — had barely died down when skiers and riders were back on the competition courses and looking to the future. The medal-winning achievements of Nordic combined skiers Johnny Spillane, Todd Lodwick, Billy Demong and Brett Camerota represented a high point for a club that is celebrating its 98th Winter Carnival.

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Patty and John Kerst recognized as grand marshals for Winter Carnival

During their first Winter Carnival in Steamboat Springs, Patty and John Kerst marched in the Diamond Hitch Parade dressed as the king and queen of hearts. The Kersts have been supporters of Winter Carnival and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club since moving to the Yampa Valley in 1988. Club Executive Director Rick DeVos recently told John Kerst that he and his wife would be honored as the grand marshals for this year’s event.

Steamboat's Winter Carnival has rich history

Tammie Delaney, owner of Yampa Valley Feeds in Hayden, said, "Winter Carnival was the way that we could all have fun together as families." It’s fair to say many local families would say the same. That community feeling is central to the rich history of the Winter Carnival, which turns 98 this year with a theme of Building Athletes … Building Individuals.

Hayden forfeits wrestling matches to Moffat County in 5 weight classes

Any person who thought wrestling took a back seat in Hayden missed Thursday’s dual meet with Moffat County. In a Hayden High School gym as packed as it has been all year, two schools with deep roots in wrestling saw an undermanned Hayden team fall, 51-18.

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Steamboat's Lincoln Avenue draws spectators for Winter Carnival street events

Children as young as 6 balance on skis and cling to ropes as they’re hauled down Steamboat Springs’ main drag behind galloping horses. At the end, they fly off a ski jump built in the middle of the road. The donkey jump isn’t the only thing a wide-eyed, first-time spectator to Steamboat’s Winter Carnival street events has to come to terms with.

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Rick DeVos: Welcome to Winter Carnival

Beginning as the organizing committee for the first Winter Carnival, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has maintained the carnival as a service to the community since 1914. We are pleased to host the 98th Winter Carnival from Feb. 2 to 6. This year’s theme is Building Athletes … Building Individuals.

The Record for Jan. 26

2:30 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a report of a suspicious car occupied by two people on Clear Water Trail.

Steamboat briefs: Routt County youths in top 10 at national stock show

Routt County was well represented at the 105th National Western Stock Show in Denver, according to a news release. Cooper Mc­­Cullar, of Steamboat Springs, and Katie Parker, of McCoy, showed their livestock projects while competing against the nation’s best animals and competitors.

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Colorado-based electronic duo Big Gigantic to light up Ghost Ranch Saloon

Dominic Lalli grew up just wanting to play his saxophone. It didn’t matter how, when or why. But he never thought he’d end up as half of an electronic music duo, selling out venues and playing to strobe-lit dance parties across the country.

Thursday, January 27

Steamboat Planning Commission votes, 4-2, against Walgreens

The Steamboat Springs Planning Commission voted, 4-2, on Thursday to recommend denial of plans for a new U.S. Highway 40 building intended to house a Walgreens store. Steamboat developer Brian Olson, who would develop the building and lease it to Walgreens, quickly confirmed that he intended to appeal the decision to the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday night.

Steamboat skier leads Americans at FIS Junior Worlds

Steamboat Springs skier Cliff Field led the Americans in today’s opening Nordic combined competition at the FIS Junior World Ski Championships in Otepaa, Estonia.

Off the Beaten Path calls for “Vagina Monologues” readers, volunteers

Off the Beaten Path Bookstore plans to host a production of the “Vagina Monologues” on Valentine’s Day weekend. The store is hosting an open audition and meeting for the production at 8:30 p.m. today.

NBC's Today Show visits Steamboat; segments aired this morning

Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers Russ Sanford and Riley Polumbus were featured in the segment as they built a snow cave and demonstrated how it can keep you warm in even the most brutal winter conditions.

Steamboat briefs: Walgreens to return to planning group tonight

The developers of a proposed Walgreens store in Steam­­boat Springs will be back before Planning Commission at 5 p.m. today at Centennial Hall, 124 10th St. A local man, Brian Olson, is seeking the approval of a preliminary plat for a subdivision on a commercially zoned lot at U.S. Highway 40 and Pine Grove Road.

Home sweet home for area prep wrestlers

Meets at 6 p.m. today are 1st of week’s worth of local action

It will be strength on strength today when the Steamboat Springs and Soroco high school wrestling teams clash as part of a triangular at 6 p.m. in the old gymnasium at Soroco High School. The top wrestlers so far this season on each team fall in the same weight bracket, and that should mean an exciting match in Oak Creek.

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Preserved Routt County ranch has links to the space program

The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve $200,000 in purchase of development rights tax dollars to help conserve the 480-acre Frye Ranch in North Routt County. The ranch has ties to the beginnings of the American space program.

Court orders Chadwick Real Estate's Friedman to pay more than $44K

Ruling tied to real estate deals; judge decides Friedman doesn’t owe additional $245K

A Tuesday court ruling ordered Richard Friedman, of Chadwick Real Estate Group and other entities, to pay more than $44,000 to Florida developer Stephen Bun­yard’s First Land Development.

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Steamboat remembers longtime resident Gregg ‘Bomar’ Tipton

Gregg “Bomar” Tipton was a lot of things to different people. Some knew the longtime Steamboat Springs resident as a 26-year member of Steamboat Ski Patrol. Others knew him as the best fly-fishing guide around. To everyone, he was a friend. Tipton died of complications from a stroke Tuesday. He was 56.

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Steamboat Springs dispensary owners divided about proposed marijuana statute

New medical marijuana legislation introduced this month by state lawmakers has positives and negatives, local dispensary owners said. Meanwhile, Chris Ward, who owns Aloha’s in Milner, is looking into adding additional locations, including one in Steamboat Springs.

The Record for Jan. 25

1:44 a.m. A woman reported that a 20-year-old, highly intoxicated man entered her home in the 400 block of Seventh Street.

Wednesday, January 26

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Firefighters rescue dog from icy pond in Hayden

West Routt Fire Protection District firefighters crawled across a frozen pond Saturday to save a dog from almost certain death. Hayden resident Vonnie Frent­ress spotted the dog in a pond along Routt County Road 65 while driving to town at about 10 a.m. Frentress and neighbors Sheila Woodley and Charlene Barnes began looking for help and then called firefighters.

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Cross racers scorch Steamboat Ski Area course

Trio of club-connected competitors navigate tough course to podium

Ski and snowboard cross echoed across Steamboat’s Bash­­or Bowl just as surely as some of the continent’s top racers rocketed through it. There was plenty to get excited about as most of the final races came down to how competitors navigated the final few steps of the course’s minefield.

CMC ski coach heads to world stage

Terry Leonard to coach at World University Games

Terry Leonard, who has coached at the CMC Alpine Campus the past three years, will accompany the American Alpine team to the World University Games in Erzurum, Turkey.

Man faces 4 more charges in case involving alleged scuffle with Steamboat police

Rodney Williams III was arrested after police say he fled from them during a traffic stop and tried to grab one of their guns while resisting arrest.

Steamboat Ski Area owner moving its Vancouver headquarters to Denver

Ski area owner cites "strategic, corporate and financial" benefits of relocation from Vancouver

Intrawest, the owner of Steamboat Ski Area and operator of the Winter Park ski area, is moving its Vancouver, British Columbia headquarters to Denver.

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Joanne Palmer: Cell phone and jeans are signs of progress

Jeans and a cell phone — standard issue for most of us — had until now been out of reach for my developmentally disabled brother. Thanks to the cell phone, he can go to a sporting event or a movie by himself and call when he’s ready to come home.

Elizabeth A. Flaharty: Cut up bags in trash to save a dog's life

I am writing to warn puppy owners of something you never would think would be dangerous to your puppy. Last week, I had to say goodbye to my little puppy, Harley D, because she got into the trash and got out a potato chip bag. She got the bag stuck on her head and suffocated while my son was busy in another part of the house.

William S. Schurman: GOP shows no compassion in breakfast fund for poor children

In one vote, the Republicans in the Joint Budget Committee voted not to fund $124,229 to continue the breakfast fund for poor kids for the remainder of the 2010-11 school year. That vote reflected the true Republican “compassion” by Sen. Kent Lambert (R-Colorado Springs).

Patrick and Tammie Delaney: Kum & Go's proposed move violates town's plan

It is our hope that the town of Hayden will stand up for the hard work that more than 500 Hayden residents put into its Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code. Mega-mart convenience stores with a fueling station/truck plaza are not included in this zone as a permitted use. Kum & Go was clearly aware of this prior to purchasing the parcel at U.S. 40 and Walnut .

Our View: Hayden Kum & Go should rework plan

Hayden’s historical preservation movement has been marching forward for several years, but some supporters see a proposal from Kum & Go as a possible step in the wrong direction.

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Cas Haley joins Toubab Krewe tonight in Steamboat

Friday wasn’t the best day for Cas Haley and his touring partners. Their Dodge Sprinter had broken down in Salt Lake City. Haley knows the road traveled by musicians is a bumpy one. Haley, runner-up in the 2007 season of “America’s Got Talent,” opens for the West African-influenced jam band Toubab Krewe tonight at Ghost Ranch Saloon.

Adult league volleyball standings and results for Jan. 24

Adult league volleyball standings and results for Jan. 24

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Steamboat Springs High School Dance Showcase features 90 dancers, 19 pieces

It played out like a scene from a high school movie: boys in flat-brim hats, girls with flowing curls, pop-hip-hop blasting from the speakers and a painful love story of breaking up and making up emerging between each of the seven couples. Steamboat Springs High School senior Shelby Dyer choreographed the dance for the 15th annual Dance Showcase this weekend.

Club 20 readies for legislative trip

Craig City Council member Ray Beck said he has been worried about the state’s approach to regulation of the energy industry. Beck’s concerns aren’t far from those of many other area residents, he said. With that in mind and as the county’s voting delegate in Club 20, Beck hopes to give state legislators a Moffat County perspective on energy issues when the governmental, business and civic advocacy group makes its annual legislative trip to Denver on Thursday and Friday.

Craig man pleads guilty to exploitation charges

A 29-year-old man charged with 40 felonies, including sexual exploitation of children and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, pleaded guilty to nine counts Monday in Moffat County District Court. As part of a plea agreement with the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Stephan White pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual exploitation of children, a Class 3 felony; four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class 4 felony; and two counts of sexual exploitation of a child, also a Class 4 felony.

Adult A league soccer standings and scores for Jan. 20

Adult A league soccer standings and scores for Jan. 20

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Alpine team bags top finishes

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Alpine team showed consistency and strength across multiple age groups during the weekend. The Steamboat contingent picked up multiple wins in a Winter Park Surefoot Speed Series event that started Thurs­­day and continued through Sat­­urday.

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Hayden gas station aims to move into historic downtown district

Kum & Go wants to move down Jefferson Avenue in Hay­den, but to do so it needs the Hay­den Town Council to amend the town’s land-use code. The Hayden Planning Com­mission is scheduled to consider a request from Kum & Go on Thursday.

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Young Steamboat kayaker to paddle through classes in Uganda

Steamboat Springs kayaker Errik Hill is about to embark on a journey few high school juniors ever get the chance to experience. The cool thing is that he won’t have to leave the classroom for the unique learning experience. That’s because the classrooms of the New River Academy seem to have no walls. Hill lives in Steamboat Springs when he isn’t attending classes at the New River Academy.

Steamboat snowboarder Matt Ladley preps for Winter X Games

Like most aspiring snowboarders, Matt Ladley grew up playing the Winter X Games video game and watching the Aspen staple unfold on ESPN each winter. After spending the past two years as an alternate for the X Games SuperPipe event, Ladley — who is having his best season yet — now has a full invite for Winter X Games 15’s marquee snowboard event.

Steamboat briefs: Visiting Nurse Association’s Sue Birch is a finalist for PBS award

Sue Birch, of Steamboat Springs, is a finalist for a 2011 Be More Award from Rocky Mountain PBS. Birch served since 1994 as CEO of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association before resigning Dec. 30 to take a position in Gov. John Hickenlooper’s cabinet as executive director of the state’s Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.

The Record for Jan. 24

11:14 p.m. A woman reported losing a wallet in the 800 block of Yampa Street.

Adult B league soccer standings and scores for Jan. 18

Adult B league soccer standings and scores for Jan. 18

Tuesday, January 25

Investigators follow leads from Strawberry Park Hot Springs robbery

Routt County Undersheriff Ray Birch said Tuesday there are eyewitness accounts of the armed robbery that occurred at Strawberry Park Hot Springs on Saturday night.

Man in scuffle with Steamboat police officers Thursday faces 8 charges

The man who Steamboat Springs police say tried to take an officer’s gun during a scuffle is facing eight criminal charges. Rodney Will­­iams III is due to appear in court today for a preliminary hearing.

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Gregg 'Bomar' Tipton, former Steamboat Ski Patrol member, dies

Longtime Steamboat Springs resident, Steamboat Ski Patrol member and fly-fishing guide Gregg “Bomar” Tipton died of complications from a stroke at Tuesday at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland. He was 56. Tipton leaves his wife of 18 years, Michelle, and 16-year-old son, Zeb.

Baumgardner introduces immigration bill

Lawmaker said he tried to learn from Arizona measure

Colorado Republicans have imported more of the Arizona immigration law into the Legislature, including parts that a federal judge has struck down in Arizona. Rep. Randy Baumgardner said Colorado Republicans tried to learn from Arizona’s experience to craft a bill that can pass the Legislature and stand up in court.

Routt unemployment decreases in December

Number decreased to 7.9 percent from 9.8 in November

Although the state labor department’s latest county-by-county statistics don’t take into account seasonal factors, Routt County’s numbers appear to be encouraging. Unemployment was 7.9 percent in December, down from 9.8 percent in November.

BLM asking for public feedback on proposed power line

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public feedback on a proposal to build a high-voltage power line, which could run through portions of Moffat County. The BLM hopes to include residents’ comments in an environmental impact statement concerning construction of the 600-kilovolt, direct current TransWest Express transmission line, which is proposed to run through Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, according to a news release from the agency.

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Jimmy Westlake: Orion or Cranius?

Constellations are what we, or the aliens, make of them

The constellations we know and love are really just the products of our human imaginations. I wonder what aliens on another world might imagine in the same stars that we see? To find out, we join Earth astronaut Rip Cord and a Klong named Zorgoff.

Sheriff's Office describes Strawberry Park Hot Springs robbery suspect

Investigators seek tips on Saturday night armed crime

Routt County Sheriff’s Office investigators have released a description of the suspect in Saturday night’s armed robbery at Strawberry Park Hot Springs in hopes of receiving a tip that leads to his arrest.

The Record for Jan. 23, 2011

2:08 a.m. Police were called to help a person between Fifth and Sixth streets on Lincoln Avenue. Officers took a person home.

Steamboat Briefs: Winter Sports Club now accepting parade entries

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club now is accepting Winter Carnival parade entries for the 98th annual event.

McConnell questions legality of secret party ballot

Former U.S. congressional candidate and Steamboat Springs resident Bob McConnell is challenging the legality of a vacancy committee’s Jan. 3 secret ballot that gave Hayden Republican Jean White a seat in the state Senate.

Steamboat Springs High School teams shine in giant slalom in Aspen

Connor Bernard and Sarah White led the results for the Steamboat Springs High School Ski Team at giant slalom races at Aspen Highlands during the weekend. The Steamboat boys and girls teams took first place at the meet, which was hosted by Aspen High School.

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Steamboat youth hockey team wins title at Celebration tournament

David LaPointe’s goal 59 seconds into overtime Sunday afternoon helped the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association’s Squirt B team win the Squirts B Celebration Tournament in Denver.

Hayden addresses burst pipes at YVRA

Frozen sprinkler systems, meters could result in higher bills

Cold weather has resulted in two fire suppression sprinkler pipes bursting and two meters breaking this month in private hangars at Yampa Valley Regional Airport, Hayden Public Works Director Sam Barnes told Hayden Town Council last week.

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Steamboat Springs water conservation plan cites utility, efficiency improvements

Local water officials say their updated conservation plan is essential to reducing water use that, if unchecked, could nearly double in Steamboat Springs by 2035 and cost ratepayers millions for infrastructure expansion.

Monday, January 24

US World Championship Nordic team includes 4 from Steamboat

Olympic medalists Johnny Spillane and Todd Lodwick will be joined in Oslo, Norway, by Bryan and Taylor Fletcher, Billy Demong and Nick Hendrickson. The World Championships start Feb. 26 and will include a new format this year.

Search and Rescue guides 11-year-old skiers to safety

The two boys had inadvertently ventured out of bounds near the Broadway trail on the Steamboat Ski Area. They were met by searchers at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Steamboat's McConnell challenging whether Senate appointment vote was legal

Former congressional candidate says vote should have been public; lawyer calls it 'an open question'

Former U.S. congressional candidate Bob McConnell questions whether the state's open meetings law was violated when a Senate District 8 vacancy committee voted by secret ballot Jan. 3 to have Jean White replace her husband, Al, in the state Legislature.

Steamboat Briefs: Hebrew group plans to meet today and Tuesday

A group is forming to see what demand there is for biblical Hebrew and modern Hebrew. The group is open to anyone interested in one or both of the forms of Hebrew.

The Record for Jan. 22, 2011

9:39 a.m. Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a car crash on U.S. 40, about three miles west of Milner.

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Yoga Day in Steamboat draws hundreds to a day of sessions

The third annual Yoga Day USA drew hundreds of curious souls and experienced yogis to Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Yoga Center of Steamboat for a day of mini yoga classes of all types. The 45-minute sessions were available for a donation of $5, which went to a fundraising effort for two local nonprofits.

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Vintage ski race and fashion show draw fans to ski area

Buck Erickson — wearing the first pair of leather ski boots he bought as a 13-year-old in 1967, with wool pants and a sweater to complete his vintage look — was among a dozen skiers who dusted off old ski gear, including wooden skis and versions of the first metal skis, for the Vintage Ski Race.

Story-time event takes night shift in Steamboat

Popular library program moves to the evening this week

Story-time for Grownups at Bud Werner Memorial Library is trying something different this week. The popular adult program, typically held during the lunch hour, is moving to the evening Tuesday. The first Story-time for Grownups: The After Dark Edition is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Library Hall.

Soroco wrestling team looks for lessons after Saturday

The Soroco High School wrestling team isn’t built for team-on-team duals and Saturday the Rams paid the price, losing all four of their match-ups at a duals tournament in Rifle. The team lost to Rifle, 59-3; Pueblo West, 66-24; Moffat County, 54-7; and Coal Ridge, 48-18.

Letlow, Domson shine for Hayden wrestling at event

The Hayden High School wrestling team went 1-4 at the duals tournament in Rifle, but coach Ty Camilletti said several Tigers stood out despite the rough day the team had. Senior 215-pounder Treyben Letlow went undefeated again, winning all five of his matches to stay perfect on the season. Sophomore Ryan Domson, at 171 pounds, joined him in a perfect day.

Gardening in Steamboat: The curse of the red spider

The leaves of your favorite houseplant are turning brittle, yellowish, tan or bronze and have tiny holes on the undersides. Also there is mysterious webbing where the leaves meet the stalks of the plant. Leaves are falling off, and the plant looks like it is going to die. Putting a piece of white paper under the remaining leaves and shaking the foliage briskly results in maybe a few more leaves falling on the paper, but also tiny specks of black, brown or red, and they are moving.

Steamboat's Williams nabs another wrestling title in Leadville

Two weekends ago, 140-pound Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Casey Williams won a tournament by allowing just four points. He found a way to top that Saturday when he rolled through a tournament in Leadville, winning another title.

Steamboat’s Farny grabs 1st at Vail freestyle event

Steamboat’s Farny grabs 1st at Vail freestyle event

Hannah Kearney again wins World Cup moguls event

Hannah Kearney won a World Cup individual moguls event for the second time in as many days, climbing to the top of the podium Sunday in Lake Placid, N.Y., to maintain her lead in the World Cup standings.

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Luke Graham: From small time to big league

One of the great things about watching high school hockey is seeing Ben Wharton on the forecheck at full speed delivering — or taking — a hit. It’s not that Wharton’s overly physical or that his hits rattle the arena. Understand that Wharton is 5-feet-7-inches, weighs all of 148 pounds and is a freshman playing among juniors and seniors.

Aging Well: Doing better when stress hits

Identifying and reducing burdens while making positive, long-term choices essential

In the story of the three little pigs, one pig builds an abode strong enough to resist the wolf’s wrath. The pig’s willingness to look at the problem wolf and prepare makes the difference in the story and, as it turns out, can make a difference in our lives when it comes to stress. Stress management “is the extent to which we are able to identify what real demands we are likely to face and if we are willing to start developing resources for that,” said Tom Traynor, a Steamboat Springs psychologist who conducts stress management workshops.

County Agenda for Jan. 24 and 25

County Agenda for Jan. 24 and 25

Monday Medical: Influenza drugs helpful for some

Every year, millions of people in the United States get influenza, or the flu. This illness now has arrived in Northwest Colorado. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on average, 5 to 20 percent of the U.S. population gets seasonal flu each year.

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Ski, snowboard cross event in Steamboat readies participants

Chloe Banning was one of many local skiers and snowboarders who stood out Sunday at the USASA ski and snowboard cross races. She won the women’s boarder open class, edging out teammate Jenna Feldman. But it wasn’t anything like she’s expecting to find in Wednesday's Hole Shot Tour.

Steamboat's Todd Lodwick places 8th at World Cup

Steamboat Springs skiers climbed high in the rankings Sunday during a World Cup Nordic combined event in Chaux-Neuve, France.

Sunday, January 23

Hot springs employee robbed at gunpoint

Sheriff’s Office still investigating Saturday night incident

Strawberry Park Hot Springs owner Don Johnson said an employee robbed of between $700 and $800 at gunpoint and pepper sprayed Saturday night is doing fine.

John F. Russell: Ready to move on

When it came time to walk off the field after his final college football game, Dartmouth College defensive tackle Lane Shipley decided to do it without shoes. It was a move the 6-foot-2-inch, 280-pound former Steamboat Springs High School standout has been thinking about since he was a teenager, an idea inspired by American wrestling legend Rulon Gardner.

Ski and snowboard cross event results from Saturday

Ski and snowboard cross event results from Saturday

Snowboarder Wild leads in Spain parallel slalom

Vic Wild led a trio of snowboarders with ties to Steamboat Springs in a parallel slalom event in La Molina, Spain.

Steamboat snowboarder Ladley 6th at Dew Tour

Steamboat Springs snowboarder Matt Ladley finished sixth on Saturday in a Dew Tour event in Killington, Vt.

Steamboat’s Fletcher leads US Nordic combined team

Bryan Fletcher again led the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team on Saturday at a World Cup event in Chaux-Neuve, France, coming from 25th after the jump to finish 21st.

Steamboat’s Cota picks up podium

Steamboat Springs’ Jeremy Cota picked up his first World Cup moguls podium Saturday in Lake Placid, N.Y. Cota finished behind France’s Colas Guilbaut and Canada’s Aleandre Bildoeau.

Offense falls flat for Soroco boys basketball Saturday

Soroco High School boys basketball coach Andy Johnson said a young team lacking varsity experience like his can go through growing pains from time to time. Saturday’s game at West Grand High School was one of those pains. The Mustangs focused on limiting Soroco’s top scorers and were successful, downing the Rams, 48-23.

Soroco girls hoops wins, 58-24, against West Grand

The Soroco High School girls basketball team ran away with a 58-24 win Saturday in West Grand, setting up a huge cross-county game Friday with Hayden.

Steamboat girls basketball surge too late against Delta

Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball lost 52-46 to Delta on Saturday, despite a second half that coach John Ameen said was one of the team's best efforts of the season.

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Steamboat hockey falls, 5-2, on road

Battle Mountain made the night a good one with three third-period goals for a 5-2 win against Steamboat Springs on Saturday night at Vail’s Dobson Ice Arena. The win bolstered Battle Mountain’s quest to make the postseason, while handing the visiting Sailors their first loss in Foothills Conference play.

10CW74 ROUTT COUNTY APPLICATION FOR ABSOLUTE WATER RIGHT

10CW74 ROUTT COUNTY APPLICATION FOR ABSOLUTE WATER RIGHT: Name, address and phone number of Applicant: Don Johnson, 44200 CR 36, Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80487, phone number: (970) 819-6151, email: hot@springsips.com. Direct all pleadings to: Karl F. Kumli, III and Tucker M. Katz, Dietze and Davis, P.C., 2060 Broadway, Suite 400, Boulder, CO 80302, email: karlk@dietzedavis.com and tkatz@dietzedavis.com. Applicant's application is for an absolute underground water right in connection with Well Permit No. 042817-F. Applicant is the owner and operator of Strawberry Park Hot Springs Resort and Spa in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The resort consists of hot spring pools, a steam room, spa, guest cabins, two covered wagons, a small camping area, and a common, potable drinking water and sanitation facility. Pursuant to Well Permit No. 038663-F, Applicant drilled a well on his property on or about May 7, 1991.

Joel Reichenberger: NASTAR win still paying off for skiers

I was making my way down Howelsen Hill nearly a year ago when I realized I needed to make some mental adjustments to go along with tons of physical ones if I ever was to be a respectable ski racer.

Concrete trail around Casey's Pond

The City of Steamboat Springs is soliciting statements of qualifications from qualified, professional civil engineering firms to provide all design and engineering for constructing a concrete trail around Casey's Pond in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. This project is funded by a Federal Highway Administration grant which is administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Preapplication for 29.49 acre Gravel Pit & subsequent reclamation

ACTIVITY #: PP2010-030 PETITIONER: ROUTT COUNTY PETITION: Preapplication for 29.49 acre Gravel Pit & subsequent reclamation Let it be known to all interested parties that the petition cited above has been filed in the office of the Routt County Planning Commission pursuant to the Zoning and Subdivision. Regulations of Routt County as adopted on March 7, 1972, and as amended.

SANDEFUR SUBDIVISION LOT (WALGREENS)

SANDEFUR SUBDIVISION LOT 1 MID VALLEY BUSINESS CENTER LOT 6 #PP-10-06 & #DPF-10-05 (WALGREENS) Let it be known to all interested parties that a request for the development application described below has been filed in the office of the Steamboat Springs Department of Planning & Community Development: Applicant: Brian Olson, P.O. Box 882597, Steamboat Springs, CO 80488 (970) 846-2614 email: brian@olsondev.com Location of Development Pine Grove Road @ Highway 40 (Across from Staples on Pine Grove Road) Type of Application: Preliminary Plat & Development Plan/Final Development Plan General Description: The applicant is requesting approval of a Preliminary Plat Subdivision and Development Plan, Final Development Plan, and PUD for the construction of a 16,450 square-foot retail building for a Walgreens.

Revocable Permit and Easement Agreement between the City of Steamboat Springs and Fifth and Yampa

ORDINANCE: 2367 An ordinance ratifying a Revocable Permit and Easement Agreement between the City of Steamboat Springs and Fifth and Yampa, LLC; establishing a hearing date; and providing an effective date.

Land Management Agreement between the City of Steamboat Springs and Howelsen Emerald Park

PROPOSED ORDINANCE: An ordinance approving a Land Management Agreement between the City of Steamboat Springs and Howelsen Emerald Park, Inc., a Colorado non-profit corporation; authorizing execution of the agreement; providing for severability; and providing an effective date.

10CW69 ROUTT COUNTY UNDERGROUND WATER RIGHT Chico Needmore Ranch, LLC

10CW69 ROUTT COUNTY APPLICATION FOR UNDERGROUND WATER RIGHT. 1. Name, address and telephone number of Applicant: Chico Needmore Ranch, LLC, a Texas limited liability company, c/o Greg LaMantia, L&F Distributors, Ltd., 3800 N. McColl Road, McAllen, TX 78501, Tel. 956-687-6206, with a copy to Thomas R. Sharp, Esq., Sharp, Steinke, Sherman & Engle, LLC, P.O. Box 774608, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477, Tel. 970-879-7600.

10CW70 ROUTT COUNTY Water Rights

10CW70 ROUTT COUNTY, Gregory A. Brown, 22455 CR 56, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 gabrown@zirkel.us 970-879-7089. Application for Water Rights (Surface). Name of structure: West Pond (spring, other with pond). Legal Description: NE/4 NW/4, Sec. 23, T8N, R86W, 425 ft. from N and 1,700 ft. from W Sec. Line. Street Address: 22455 CR 56, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487. Alternative Description (UTM): Points not averaged. Northing 4500895n, Easting 330500e, Zone 13. Source: spring on unnamed tributary to Long Gulch, tributary to the Elk River. Date of initiation of appropriation: Oct. 1984. How appropriation was initiated: Surface water for livestock.

10CW72 ROUTT COUNTY. Elk River Ranch Water Rights

10CW72 ROUTT COUNTY. Elk River Ranch LLLP, c/o Michael J. Sawyer, Esq. and Jeffrey J. Conklin, Esq., Karp Neu Hanlon, P.C., 201 14th Street, Suite 200, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601. Application for Surface Water Rights. First Claim for Water Right: Elk River Ranch Spring No. 1, located in the NE1/4 NW1/4 of Section 36, Township 8 North, Range 86 West of the 6th P.M., at a point 555 feet south from the North line and 2,184 feet east from the West line of said Section 36. The location is depicted on Exhibit A on file with the Water Court. Source: George's Gulch, tributary to Salt Creek, tributary to the Elk River, tributary to the Yampa River. Date of appropriation: November 1, 2006.

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Buyers of multimillion-dollar Steamboat homes expect quality, great deals

When the new home at 2745 Whitewater Lane sold for $1.95 million cash Wednesday, it said a good deal about the state of the high-end market in Steamboat Springs. The property, overlooking Fish Creek from close range in The Sanctuary, originally was listed for $4 million and saw the asking price reduced to $2.5 million in September.

10CW76 ROUTT COUNTY APPLICATION FOR CHANGES OF WATER RIGHTS

10CW76 ROUTT COUNTY APPLICATION FOR CHANGES OF WATER RIGHTS. 1. Name, address and telephone number of Applicant: J.G. AMATO COMPANY, LLC, ATT: John G. Amato, Esq., 1615 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70112, Tel: 504-582-1601, with a copy to Thomas R. Sharp, Esq., Sharp, Steinke, Sherman & Engle, LLC, P.O. Box 774608, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477, Tel. 970-879-7600. Name of Each Structure for Which Changes are Sought Mad Ranch Pond, H.E. Turner Ditch, Original Decree and First Enlargement, and Hoelzen Pump No.

08CW50 (00CW40) ROUTT COUNTY AMENDED APPLICATION FOR WATER RIGHTS (SURFACE).

08CW50 (00CW40) ROUTT COUNTY AMENDED APPLICATION FOR WATER RIGHTS (SURFACE). 1. Name of Applicant: Ian Wagner, 29340 Oak Dr., Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 skian1@msn.com 970-846-0905. Name of structure: Wagner Spring (spring). Legal description: NE/4 NW/4 Sec. 25 T7N, R85W, 6th P.M. 518 ft. from N and 1614 ft. from W Sec. line, 29340 Oak Drive, Elk River Est. Lot 4. Source: McFadden Creek of the Elk River of the Yampa River. Date of initiation of appropriation: 6-4-01. How appropriation was initiated: request for infiltration gallery. Date water applied to beneficial use: 6-27-01. Amount claimed: 0.033 cfs, conditional. Use or proposed use: domestic. If non-irrigation, describe purpose fully: domestic single family occupied since 9-1-01. Owner of land: same as applicant.

10CW68 ROUTT COUNTY AMENDED APPLICATION FOR CHANGES OF WATER RIGHTS

Pursuant to C.R.S. 37-92-302, you are hereby notified that the following resume(s) are Application(s) and/or Amended Application(s) filed in the office of Water Division 6, during the month of DECEMBER 2010. 10CW68 ROUTT COUNTY AMENDED APPLICATION FOR CHANGES OF WATER RIGHTS (SURFACE). 1. Name, address and telephone number of Applicants: Needmore Ranch II, Ltd, a Texas limited partnership, c/o Greg LaMantia, L&F Distributors, Ltd., 3800 N. McColl Road, McAllen, TX 78501, Tel. 956-687-6206, AND Chico Needmore Ranch, LLC, a Texas limited liability company, c/o Greg LaMantia, L&F Distributors, Ltd., 3800 N. McColl Road, McAllen, TX 78501, Tel. 956-687-6206, with a copy to Thomas R. Sharp, Esq., Sharp, Steinke, Sherman & Engle, LLC, P.O. Box 774608, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477, Tel. 970-879-7600.

Water Division 6 month of DECEMBER 2010.

DISTRICT COURT, WATER DIVISION 6, COLORADO TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN WATER APPLICATION IN WATER DIVISION 6 Pursuant to C.R.S. 37-92-302, you are hereby notified that the following resume(s) are Application(s) and/or Amended Application(s) filed in the office of Water Division 6, during the month of DECEMBER 2010.

Easterly Seepage Ditch

Pursuant to C.R.S. 37-92-302, you are hereby notified that the following resume(s) are Application(s) and/or Amended Application(s) filed in the office of Water Division 6, during the month of DECEMBER 2010. 2010CW71 Routt County Application for Water Rights (Surface). Applicant: Timothy V. Corrigan and Donna L Corrigan, Peter L. Flint and Janice M. Symchych and Robert A. Logan JR. and Mary Jane Logan. Attorney for the Applicant: Melinda H. Sherman , Sharp, Steinke, Sherman & Engle, LLC P.O. Box 774608, 401 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477. Telephone 970-879-7600. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 175, Yampa, CO 80433, email address: uyri@steamboatsouth.com, home phone number: 970-638-0419, 6110 Lawndale Lane North, Plymouth, MN 55446-1008, e-mail address: peterflint@aol.com, home phone number 612-237-5776 and P.O. Box 772918, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477, e-mail address: n/a, home phone number 970-638-4435. Name of Structure: Easterly Seepage Ditch ditch.

Foreclosure Sale No. 10-265

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-265; Original Grantor(s): George Krawzoff Jr and Patricia Rockwood; Original Beneficiary(ies): Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Foreclosure Sale No 10-262

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-262, Original Grantor(s): Christine Walsh, Original Beneficiary(ies): Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Foreclosure Sale No. 10-267

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-267; Original Grantor(s): Benjamin Clark Amsden Jr. and Susan Kay Makens-Amsden; Original Beneficiary(ies): Washington Mutual Bank, F.A.

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Partners school-based and youth mentors change Routt County lives

Gage Reynolds used to be mean. The Steamboat Springs Middle School sixth-grader said that earlier this year, he wasn’t getting along with other students. But that has changed. Since late October, Gage has worked one-on-one with Sam Melamed, an AmeriCorps volunteer who serves as a school-based mentor for Partners in Routt County.

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Downtown couple asks Steamboat to allow goats in city

The Fielding residence is home to five humans, five dogs, two goats and more than 40 chickens, including about 25 fledglings. The humans and the dogs are within city regulations for the plot of about one-third of an acre. The goats and chickens are not. John Fielding is spurring an effort to change that — for the goats, anyway.

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Foreclosures still mounting in Steamboat

Filings reach record high as location-neutral buyers, retirees return to market

Jon Wade, of Colorado Group Realty, said last week that an increased number of local foreclosures seems inevitable in 2011. But he also sees encouraging signs in the market.

Our View: Suicide issue merits attention

The 106 documented suicide attempts in Routt County last year, including 11 fatal attempts, are a sobering reminder that depression and mental illness are serious issues affecting many residents.

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Thieves stop by Steamboat company's booth at retailer show

$3,500 in gear nabbed from Big Agnes

The folks at Big Agnes did not let a little thievery dampen their spirits Friday at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market show in Salt Lake City. Big Agnes was one of several Steamboat Springs-based businesses showing off their products at the outdoor industry trade show.

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Skiers, riders give thumbs up to cross course at Steamboat Ski Area

Veteran snowboard cross rider Autumn Lachendro didn’t find the new ski and snowboard cross course at Steamboat Ski Area very challenging. But it wasn’t for reasons you’d think. Lachendro, who does the USASA Rocky Mountain Series and chases cash purses across the state, was taken aback with the fluidity of the course

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Community spelling bee creates buzz in Steamboat

Saturday event draws 15 teams to challenge brains, encourage interaction

Someone who can spell “platypus” can surely spell “aardvark.” Or so thought Shelly Flanery, once a spelling bee champion in the fifth grade. The Hayden resident had been practicing for the first com­­munity spelling bee for a week, calling her teammates with a word of the day.The first event of its kind was held Sat­­urday at the Steamboat Sp­­rings Community Center.

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Steamboat's Lance Ostrom is red hot in hockey season

Steamboat hockey player tearing a hole in back of the net

Lance Ostrom got tired of hearing a goal scorer’s worst sound. With each ting of the post, his stomach would tighten and his heart would drop. But with a little bit of adjustment in his shot, added to his nonstop motor and skating ability, Ostrom has been on a tear. He’s gone from a nice complementary role to possibly the best player in the Foothills Conference.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Jan. 23

Congratulations to Ty Dun­ckley, who set the Hayden High School male weightlifting record. The new record is 1,435 pounds.

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Jan. 23

Frances Gneiser is turning 90. Her birthday celebration is Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Grand Junction.

The Record for January 21

8:34 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a civil complaint in the 300 block of Little Moon Trail. Officers helped resolve a dispute between two neighbors.

Jail Report for Jan. 15 to 21

The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

Steamboat briefs: CMC instructor earns HR certification

A longtime Colorado Mountain College adjunct instructor recently earned certification as a senior professional in human resources from the HR Certification Institute, which is affiliated with the Society for Human Resource Management, according to a news release.

Gary Hofmeister: Whose business?

One of the questions I think you could likely get 90-percent-plus of the public to answer correctly is: “Who spends your money better … you or the government?” Assuming that is the case, wouldn’t you think that businesses would be even more prone to screaming bloody murder if Congress would write legislation specifying how you divide up your limited resources?

Bob Semro: Repealing reform a step backward

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal last year’s health care reform law. The vote was 245 to 189. We think this is a mistake. We consider last year’s Affordable Care Act to be one of the most significant and important legislative achievements in generations.

Don Valentine: Rita Valentine Park

There have been a lot of discussions, e-mails and newspaper articles about elk and the so-called dog problem in Rita Valentine Park and the surrounding neighborhoods. Yes, there is a problem, and a lot of damage is being done to landscaping in these neighborhoods. But the problem has nothing to do with the city, the Colorado Division of Wildlife, and certainly not with the elk.

Robert E. Hull: Where are the standings?

I have been reading your fine newspaper for more than 13 years and have never found any fault — until now. Almost my entire reason for reading the Steamboat Today’s sports pages is to review the professional sports standings, such as the NBA and NHL. Your sports pages did not include these standings for seven straight days.

Omar M. Campbell: Dispensary request

Friday’s Steamboat Today included an article (“Marijuana center eyes growth”) about a Milner medical marijuana “caregiver” who wants to open a second shop, this one in Steamboat. Coincidentally, I received an article that appeared in the Longmont Times-Call on Jan. 8. It shows what can result from our ill-conceived pot law.

Routt County real estate transactions for Jan. 14 to 20, 2011

Routt County real estate transactions for Jan. 14 to 20, 2011

On the Market: Stagecoach townhome sells for $70K bargain

An original Stagecoach townhome from 1974 — three bedrooms, 1,416 square feet — sold for $70,000 on Jan. 18. It was foreclosed on and was sold by Fannie Mae. It previously sold for $260,000 at the peak of the market in June 2007.

Saturday, January 22

Mendoza-Forsyth powers Steamboat basketball to win

Senior scores 27 to pick up Sailors

Isiah Mendoza-Forsyth erupted for 27 points Saturday at Delta, catapulting Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball to a 60-44 victory. The Sailors overcame the absence of senior star Charles Wood, who was ill.

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Hayden girls basketball dispatch Vail Christian

Early in Saturday’s game against Vail Christian, it was clear the Hayden High School girls basketball team had certain advantages in the matchup. The Tigers spent most of the rest of the game making that abundantly clear, exploiting superior size and speed to blow past the Saints. Hayden center Erin Koehler scored 28 points, paving the way for a 57-34 win.

Steamboat girls baskeball defense tops Palisade

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team rode its defense Friday at Palisade in a game where points were hard to come by. Steamboat beat Palisade, 43-27, and could take control of its own future with a win today at Delta. Steamboat led, 25-20, at half and held Palisade to just one point in the third quarter and extended the lead to 30-21.

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Soroco junior raises funds to travel to Ghana

When Lena Grout gets her paycheck from waiting tables, she doesn’t do with it what most 16-year-olds would. Instead, she takes it straight to the bank and deposits it into her fundraising account. The Soroco High School junior plans to travel to Ghana in summer on a two- to three-week trip.

Steamboat boys basketball struggles against Palisade

The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team struggled without leading scorer Charles Wood, falling 47-44 to Palisade on Friday. Without Wood, who was out with bronchitis, the Sailors had no semblance of an inside game and trailed the entire way.

Steamboat briefs: Benefit for ski patroller Gregg Tipton postponed

Longtime resident, ski patroller and fly-fishing guide Gregg “Bomar” Tipton is recovering from a medical condition. A benefit that was planned for today has been postponed. The benefit date is not yet determined, but details will be announced.

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Today’s ski and snowboard cross race 1st of 4 in Steamboat

Steamboat will have the chance to see just what it takes to be a champion in what has quickly become one of winter sports’ most popular events starting today, as four days of competition kick off at Steam­boat Ski Area. Today is the start of a two-day United States of America Snowboard Association event, and today and Sunday’s events begin at 10 a.m.

The Record for Jan. 20

2:02 a.m. Officers arrested a 23-year-old transient man in the 3600 block of Lincoln Avenue on suspicion of numerous charges, including criminal attempt to disarm a police officer, second-degree assault and resisting arrest.

Marsha Daughenbaugh: Looking for a few good bulls

The tradition of the North Western Colorado Bull Sale will live on in spring when regional breeders provide some of their best animals at auction April 16. Yes, it’s true, we are looking for a few good bulls to consign themselves into this sale. To participate, bovine bulls must be younger than 26 months old.

Routt County school lunches menus for Jan. 24 to 28

Routt County school lunches menus for the week of Jan. 24 to 28

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Matt Flinner Trio brings music du jour to Steamboat

Mandolinist, band debut fresh songs at each show

Sometime Monday, Nash­ville, Tenn., mandolinist Matt Flinner will write a brand-new song. Guitarist Ross Martin will write one, too, right alongside upright bassist Eric Thorin. When the three take the stage at First String Music that evening as the Matt Flinner Trio, they’ll debut each of those fresh tunes.

Soroco girls basketball explode past Plateau Valley

The Soroco High School girls basketball team used a huge offensive performance Friday night to down Plateau Valley, 73-31.

Soroco boys basketball can’t hang with Plateau Valley

The Soroco High School boys basketball was out rebounded and in time outplayed by Plateau Valley on Friday night, falling to the Cowboys, 63-32.

4 Steamboat boys tennis players set for all-state game

Four Steamboat Springs senior tennis players will have the chance to play in the 2011 All-State matches in June.

Lacrosse to splits into 2 classifications

The Colorado High School Activities Association announced at its Board of Control meetings this week that starting in the next cycle — spring of 2013 for lacrosse — it will divide lacrosse into two classifications, a 5A and a 4A.

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Weekend events in Routt County for Jan. 22, 23

Today is Yoga Day, a national day of yoga practice and celebration to benefit nonprofit organizations. Forty-five-minute classes representing a variety of yoga styles start at the top of each hour from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Library Hall and from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Yoga Center of Steamboat.

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Snow load on Steamboat roofs inching upward

Snowfall likely will not damage roofs yet

At this time in 2008, Jeremiah McGuire recalls the snow on Steamboat Springs roofs being as deep as 9 feet. Snowfall has not been quite as abundant this ski season, but some homeowners still are choosing to avoid potential costly roof repairs and have the snow removed before it causes problems.

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Tom Ross: Sustainable mower exhaust never smelled so sweet

Wouldn’t it be sweet if you could make your lawn mower exhaust smell like a vodka tonic and save the planet all at the same time? Well, you can! Routt County’s uber guru of alternative fuels vehicles, Fred Robinson, reports that he has come up with a mix of gasoline and E85 ethanol he said his lawn mowers run well on, thus reducing his carbon footprint every time he does yard chores.

Friday, January 21

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Hayden boys basketball team brushes off De Beque, 83-36

Anyone harboring ambitions to play high school basketball might have missed a golden opportunity Friday in Hayden. Someone wearing orange and sitting at the end of the bench might well have inadvertently been told to get into the game as Hayden High School boys coach Mike Luppes emptied the bench time and time again during a rout of De Beque.

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Steamboat hockey holds on against Kent Denver, 3-2

Good teams can play for a period and win. Especially when that period might have been the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team’s best of the year. Steamboat got three first-period goals and withstood a late Kent Denver rally to take a 3-2 win Friday at Howelsen Ice Arena.

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White speaks about tourism to Mainstreet Steamboat Springs

Director of Colorado Tourism Office optimistic about funding

Newly appointed Colorado Tourism Office Director Al White told a Steamboat Springs audience that he hopes to convince his former colleagues in the state Legislature that holding the line on tourism funding would pay dividends even in a time of budget crisis.

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Soulful Southern rock singer returns to Steamboat tonight

Betsy Franck is not afraid to be loud, and she’s not afraid to tell her story. And her music is no different. The Athens, Ga.-based guitarist and singer will finish her second Colorado tour with two shows at Old Town Pub with Southern rockers the Bareknuckle Band.

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Brent Boyer: Coffee talk with the community

Starting next month, the Steamboat Pilot & Today is opening its doors and inviting readers to chat about the newspaper — or even just the news — from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month with myself and General Manager Scott Stanford.

Blue Krewe returns to The Tugboat Grill & Pub in Steamboat tonight

From the swamps of the bayou to the cool mountain air, the world of Cajun and zydeco roots music can feel light-years away. But there are options in Colorado for those hungry for the spicy taste of Louisiana music. Blue Krewe returns to The Tugboat Grill & Pub today.

Steamboat briefs: Entries now being accepted for Winter Carnival parade

The Winter Carnival Parade is Feb. 6 after the street events on Lincoln Avenue. Anyone is welcome to participate, but only those who use a diamond hitch are eligible to be judged. The entry fee is a $7 Winter Carnival button, which is used to attend all of the week’s events.

The Record for Jan. 19

12:37 a.m. A person reported a suspicious car in the 1600 block of Mount Werner Road. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers did not find anyone in the car.

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs membership dips

Annual meeting today comes during time of declining dues

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs’ annual meeting today comes after a year that saw declining membership and decreased dues, but at the start of a year that, thankfully for downtown businesses, doesn’t have a massive construction project looming over Lincoln Avenue.

No. 2 Steamboat hockey hosts Kent Denver tonight

If the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team wasn’t already guaranteed to face other teams’ best efforts, Thursday’s revelation certainly will make it so. The Sailors — 9-1 overall, 5-0 in the Foothills Conference and winners of five in a row — were ranked No. 2 in the state by The Denver Post on Thursday.

Steamboat boys basketball wants no lapses on road

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team has played well at the beginning of games, at the end of games and in some stretches in between. Playing well in those stretches has helped the Sailors to seven wins, but coach Luke DeWolfe said as the Sailors prepare to get into a pair of road league games, finding consistency for four quarters is instrumental.

Soroco girls basketball primed for 2 league road games

The Soroco girls basketball team heads on the road for a pair of key league games, the outcomes setting up a potentially huge contest next week. Soroco (4-2, 1-1) plays at 5 p.m. today at Plateau Valley and 2:30 p.m. Saturday at West Grand.

Soroco boys basketball faces tough test at Plateau Valley

Soroco High School boys basketball coach Andy Johnson noted that a year ago, the Rams swept the season series against Western Slope League competitor Plateau Valley. “But that doesn’t mean anything now,” he added.

Hayden basketball looks for another blowout win

The Hayden High School boys basketball team will look to continue its string of lopsided victories today when it takes on De Beque at 5:30 p.m. in Hayden. The Tigers are coming off two wins of more than 20 points, including a 77-45 throttling of North Park last weekend.

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Cody Heartz: Book of 50 classic ski descents meant to inspire drool

Any lover of books has his or her own literary guilty pleasures. When I was younger it was comic books, pulp horror fiction and those “choose your own adventure” game books. While I may have outgrown those particular dalliances, my affair with writing that exploits my own — possibly delusional — quests for adventure is not over.

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Aloha’s Chris Ward asks Steamboat to consider 4th marijuana facility

A Milner medical marijuana center is considering expansion and Steamboat’s Rocky Mountain Remedies is reporting more than 600 consistent, local customers — and more than 3,000 customers overall — as city officials prepare to review revised regulations for the industry next month.

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Steamboat girls basketball team hits key game this weekend

Team plays against Palisade and Delta this weekend

Just three games into the Western Slope League season, the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team has hit its most crucial road trip of the year. The team plays at 6 p.m. today at Palisade and at 2 p.m. Saturday at Delta.

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Despite lower property values, Routt County tax bills going up

Many may see property tax increase related to schools

Property owners might want to brace themselves for an unwelcome surprise at the mailbox today: Property tax bills are on the way, and most readers will see an increase in their taxes from last year. But they might find that their taxes are lower than they were two years ago.

Hayden developers withdraw fee waiver request

Town Council was asked for water base rates for Redstone to be waived

After a lengthy discussion at the Hayden Town Council meeting Thursday, the group that plans to redevelop the Red­­stone Motel in Hayden withdrew its request to have water base rates waived for three years. Developers David Josfan, Chris Paoli and Ben Spiegel had requested that the fees be waived because the taps are no longer in use.

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What to do this week in Steamboat for Jan. 21 to 27

People Under the Stairs plays at 9 p.m. Sunday at Ghost Ranch Saloon. The hip-hip duo from California offers original, wry rhymes over a diverse blend of sampled and handcrafted beats. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the show.

Thursday, January 20

Weather Summit puts Steamboat clips on CNN, Weather Channel

In six years of coming to the Steamboat Weather Summit, CNN meteorologist Rob Marciano says it has yet to get old.

Man arrested after scuffle with Steamboat police

Police say man went for their guns after being pulled over

A 23-year-old transient man was arrested early Thursday after he assaulted two officers and tried to take their guns, Steamboat Springs police Capt. Joel Rae said. “It’s very fortunate that no one got seriously injured,” Rae said.

Mining association files motion to reconsider Xcel plans

Colorado Mining Association President Stuart Sanderson said his organization is working to bring to light the “flawed process” behind recent legislation concerning the coal industry and coal-fired power plants. “And flawed is really an understatement here,” said Sanderson, of the implementation of Colorado House Bill 10-1365, the Clean Air, Clean Jobs Act. The two bodies that conducted that process, Sanderson said, were Colorado lawmakers and the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

Hayden Town Council to consider accepting grant

Funds would be used for wastewater study

The Hayden Town Council is scheduled to consider tonight whether to accept a $10,000 grant from the Colorado Water Resources Power Development Authority.

Sports Briefs: Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club team picks up 6 victories at weekend event

The Steamboat Springs Win­ter Sports Club’s Nordic skiing team logged another weekend of top finishes Satur­day and Sunday at Snow Mountain Ranch.

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Hayden senior breaks school’s weightlifting record for boys

Ty Dunckley lifted 1,435 pounds using four lifts

With shoulders as broad as a sheet of plywood and legs as thick as oak trees, Hayden High School’s Ty Dunckley just looks strong. Now, those entering the school’s gymnasium will know just how strong Dunckley is. At some point in the near future, Dunckley’s name will be put on the Hayden weightlifting wall as the strongest male student to walk the school’s halls since weightlifting records were first tracked in the 1999-00 school year.

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Longtime Steamboat resident Jody Feeley sings from the heart

Every Sunday, you can hear her clear, contemporary-pop voice ringing through Euzoa Bible Chur­­ch. Jody Feeley sometimes appears at area music venues, singing backup for the usual suspects. The Jody Feeley Band, her project of several years, plays on Friday evening at Sweetwater Grill.

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Steamboat residents needed to strut their stuff in vintage ski fashion show, race

On Sunday, residents and visitors will pay tribute to — and perhaps poke a little fun at ­— outfits that once defined what was fashionable on the ski hill. Steamboat Ski Area and Tread of Pio­­neers Mu­­seum have part­­nered to host the Vin­­tage Ski Race and Vin­­tage Ski Fashion Show on Sun­day. The fashion show starts at 11 a.m. at Bear River Bar & Grill in Gondola Squ­are.

Randy Udall speaks in Steamboat about peak oil, challenge ahead for US

Renewable energy expert Randy Udall used the saga of human flight during a talk Wed­nesday night as a metaphor for the challenges and opportunities presented by finite petroleum resources. Udall co-founded the Assoc­iation for the Study of Peak Oil-USA and spoke at an event hosted by Transition Steam­boat and the Colorado Environ­mental Coalition.

Steamboat City Manager Jon Roberts moved to different facility

Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts moved this week to Craig Hospital, an Englewood facility that specializes in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, to continue his recovery from a Jan. 2 skiing accident at Steamboat Ski Area.

Steamboat briefs: Partners in Routt County to host celebration tonight

All Partners volunteers, supporters and people interested in becoming a mentor are invited to attend the celebration, held in conjunction with National Men­­­toring Month, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library.

The Record for Jan. 18

6:47 a.m. Police looked for a dog seen running through traffic on U.S. Highway 40 near Dream Island Plaza. The dog was gone.

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Yoga Day USA in Steamboat offers a fresh variety of mini classes

“Namaste,” a common salutation used in yoga practice, translates to: “I recognize the divine light in you which is the same in me.” One way of sharing that sentiment without words is by making the practice of yoga affordable and available to the community and world at large — a major part of the mission of Yoga Day USA. This year, Saturday’s daylong event will expand to include two locations and an avenue of introduction to yogic practices.

Wednesday, January 19

Lance Ostrom powers Steamboat hockey to victory against Aspen

Steamboat's Lance Ostrom scored his team’s final three goals to record his second hat trick in as many games and propel Steamboat to a 4-2 win — avenging Dec. 14’s 3-1 loss to the Skiers.

Skiing couple injured in Steamboat; one hit parked snowmobile

Couple from Florida taken to YVMC after incident

A woman was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center with injuries Wednesday after she skied into a parked snowmobile that was helping move her husband, who had hurt his knee. Steamboat Ski Patrol also still is investigating Saturday's incident involving a patroller who lost control of a snowmobile.

Rescuers find lost snowmobiler near Steamboat

Routt County Search and Rescue volunteers located a lost snowmobiler who called for help from Buffalo Pass on Wednesday afternoon. Search and Rescue spokesman Darrel Levingston said the man, who is from the Front Range, became separated from his group Wednesday morning. The man abandoned his snowmobile at about 11 a.m., presumably because it broke down or got stuck.

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Steamboat tourism numbers mirror 2009-10

Ski area plans for holiday, spring break uptick; lodging flat

Businesses looking to capitalize on strong visitor numbers should focus on Presidents Day weekend and spring break travelers, but otherwise could experience lulls in the next few months, according to speakers at a business outlook breakfast Wednesday.

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Heavy snow falling in Steamboat; ski area has 7 inches since 5 a.m.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. today for most of Routt County. Today's high temperature will reach 31 degrees.

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Steamboat Springs Pee Wee A team 5th in Utah

The Steamboat Pee Wee A hockey team went to Salt Lake City this past weekend with little expectations, big hearts and a few dreams. They were going to play in an AA tournament, a step up from where they normally play.

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5 Steamboat Springs residents compete in winter triathlon in Utah

Barkley Robinson, along with Ben Clark, Amy Charity, Megan Gregg and Jen Kerr, made the trek from Steamboat Springs to Utah for the event, which included a 5-kilometer run, a 10-kilometer bike ride and an 8-kilometer skate ski event.

Sports Briefs: Steamboat wrestler grabs title in Evergreen tourney

Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Casey Will­iams finished first Saturday at a wrestling meet in Evergreen. Williams, wrestling at 140 pounds, breezed through his bracket on his way to the title.

Steamboat Briefs: Hayden School Board to consider 2010-11 budget

The Hayden School Board will consider a final 2010-11 school year budget when it meets tonight. School Board members adopted the budget in June. A revised version is due to the state by Jan. 31.

The Record for Jan. 17, 2011

7:47 p.m. A woman called police to report that a man in a wheelchair may need help in the 1300 block of Athens Plaza. Police checked on the man, and he was fine.

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Steamboat City Council supports limited access road use at CMC

Bob Adams Drive residents ask for less CMC traffic on Bob Adams Drive

An eleventh-hour pitch from Bob Adams Drive residents couldn’t sway city officials Tues­­day night from supporting restrictions for commercial use of a new access road for Colo­rado Mountain College’s local campus.

Adult co-ed volleyball league standings and results for Jan. 17

Adult co-ed volleyball league standings and results for Jan. 17

Adult co-ed basketball league standings and results for Jan. 16

Adult co-ed basketball league standings and results for Jan. 16

Adult B league soccer standings and scores for Jan. 11

Adult B league soccer standings and scores for Jan. 11

Adult A league soccer standings and scores for Jan. 13

Adult A league soccer standings and scores for Jan. 13

Kathy Cain: Support available

This Saturday will mark the 38th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision of Roe vs. Wade, which legalized abortion in America. While this issue continues to be a contentious one, I believe both sides can agree that no pregnant woman should be pressured into an abortion that she does not want. This pressure can come from a family member, a spouse or boyfriend, or the woman may feel totally alone with no help or support. There are many sources of help for pregnant girls and women here in the Yampa Valley, including all of our wonderful churches, and specifically the Steamboat Springs Pregnancy Resource Center, whose sole purpose is to assist women in need. They can also help post-abortive women who may need someone to talk to. The people in this valley are known for their warmth and concern; let’s not forget our own.

Bill Doyne: Innovative meals

Last week had natural disasters, political turmoil and crazy weather. None shocked me more than the Jan. 11 lunch menu for Strawberry Park and Soda Creek elementary schools.

The Rev. J. Scott Turner and Bill Elder: Thanks, firefighters

As the priest in charge and the senior warden of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, we want to let you know our appreciation for the work of Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue. On the night of Jan. 2, the fire suppression pipes froze and then burst in an older part of our building used for children’s ministry. The incident triggered the fire alarm.

Judith Travis: Elk, dogs don’t mix

An elk herd of 30 to 40 animals inhabits my yard on Anglers Drive. They bed on small porches, dragging young racks across the glass and siding. I have lived in the same location since 1984, and the elk have never before used my yard as winter grounds.

Maureen Smilkstein: Elk concerns overblown

I have read the article regarding the elk migration to Rita Valentine Park (“Elk concerns are increasing,” Jan. 16 Steamboat Pilot & Today) over and over and fail to see the correlation of how off-leash dogs have impacted the elk. The article points out that there have not been any conflicts with dogs, so why are a few people insisting the dogs are to blame?

Our View: Putting technology on the back burner

In a technology-driven world, it’s easy for us to get wrapped up in the gadgets and gizmos that keep us connected. But a local couple is reminding Steamboat Springs parents that it’s worthwhile to take a step back, and we think the community should tune in to that message.

Craig man sentenced to prison for drug offense

A Moffat County District Court judge sentenced a 27-year-old Craig man to prison Tuesday for a drug offense. Brian Keith Koppe pleaded guilty in district court to attempted possession with intent to distribute a Schedule 1 controlled substance, a Class 4 felony. He did not attend Tuesday’s hearing — he is currently in custody at the Sterling Correctional Facility — but appeared by phone and was represented at the hearing by Steamboat Springs attorney Ron Smith.

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5-year-old’s art to hang in 2 Steamboat galleries

Unlike most 5-year-olds, Wren Capra had her first art opening at January’s First Friday Art­walk. Her young friends from Holy Name Preschool filtered in, and her teacher praised her work, which was framed and hung on the wall of the Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat.

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Joanne Palmer: Zodiac change makes me wobble

I was the victim of quite a shock last week. While speed-reading news headlines online I spotted a tidbit about a 13th Zodiac sign. An account in the New York Times declared my sign has been shifted from a Scorpio to a Virgo.

Randy Udall to speak tonight in Steamboat

Randy Udall will give a talk tonight called Sustainable En­­ergy Ideas for Routt Coun­­­­ty. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at Steamboat Springs Community Center.

Steamboat Springs High School Ski Band seeks help paying for uniforms

Steamboat Springs High School band director Jim Knapp is pleased with the band’s rapid growth, but it has created a predicament this year. The band has grown to nearly 70 students — an increase of 50 in the past four years. Additional students will require Knapp to order new uniforms for the band to wear during the Winter Carnival. The Ski Band will perform in the parade Feb. 6.

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Steamboat's Cowboy Downhill ‘wild and out of control’

Annual event proves thrilling for spectators

If they weren’t out in front or behind during the every-cowboy-for-himself, no-holds-barred, winner-take-all race to the bottom at the annual Bud Light Cowboy Downhill on Tuesday at Steamboat Ski Area, they were likely in a pile somewhere in between.

Tuesday, January 18

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Craig City Council member announces mayoral bid

Craig City Council member Terry Carwile announced this afternoon his intent to run for mayor in the city’s April municipal election. The 63-year-old Carwile will be running for the position currently held by Don Jones. Jones, who is term limited as mayor, served several terms as a council member and six years as mayor.

Colorado Northwestern Community College appoints new president

School names top pick Russell George to position

Colorado Northwestern Community College has a new president, and it’s a name familiar to local residents. Dr. Nancy McCallin, president of the Colorado Community College System, announced this afternoon the appointment of Russell George as CNCC president. George will assume the position Monday. He replaces former college president John Boyd, who resigned in late 2010.

Steamboat Springs Bike Town USA group to discuss funding option

Funding for bicycling facilities through a state tourism law will be on the table today when members of the Steamboat Springs Bike Town USA Initiative and city government meet with the Routt County Board of Commissioners.

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Tom Ross: Turn back the Glock

Guns have their place, but so do gun control laws

Ever since the tragedy in Tucson, Ariz., all of the TV news pundits want to talk about “a more civil discourse.” However, no one wants to talk about finding ways to tighten gun laws without denying the rights of responsible Americans to own guns.

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Jimmy Westlake: Beneath Orion’s feet

When looking up at the winter sky, your eye is drawn to the brilliant stars of Orion. But if you can pull your eyes away, you can use Orion to find some other cool constellations. Beneath Orion’s feet are two small star patterns. Orion’s favorite animal to hunt was the rabbit, so Zeus placed a starry rabbit, Lepus, close to him in the sky.

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Hayden students learn about diversity on MLK Day

School holds Martin Luther King Jr. Day workshop

Hayden Secondary Schools Principal Troy Zabel said the Martin Luther King Jr. Day workshop, provided by school-based mentors, was important for an isolated community like Hayden.

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Steamboat Springs' Emerald Mountain plans advance

City Council to review land agreement at meeting tonight

The city plans to close in March on its purchase of a 586-acre Emerald Mountain parcel owned by Lyman Orton, but a few logistical steps remain.

Steamboat Springs City Council to address CMC access tonight

City staff recommends rules similar to Brooklyn neighborhood

City staff members are recommending commercial vehicle restrictions by weight, similar to those in place on River Road through the Brooklyn neighborhood, for the Crawford Spur access road that would accommodate Colorado Mountain College’s proposed new building.

The Record for Jan. 16, 2011

3:48 p.m. Troopers and Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders were called to a report of a car crash at mile marker 153 on U.S. 40. A car lost control and collided with a Colorado Department of Transportation snowplow and two other cars. No one was injured in the crash.

Local Winter Triathlon National Championships results

2011 Winter Triathlon National Championships results

Steamboat Briefs: Mainstreet Steamboat's annual meeting is set for Friday at Sweetwater Grill

Mainstreet Steamboat Springs’ annual meeting is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Sweetwater Grill on Yampa Street.

Monday, January 17

Ski Corp. investigating snowmobile incident

A ski patroller lost control of a snow machine Saturday afternoon. It traveled about 100 yards down a ski trail before coming to a stop. No one was injured, a ski area spokesman said Monday.

Warm winds wreak havoc with storm, ski lifts, avalanche danger

The Storm Peak Express lift had yet to open as of 1:45 p.m. because of high winds on Mount Werner. The National Weather Service expects snow and colder temperatures to return to the area today. An avalanche watch for the Steamboat area is in effect until Tuesday.

Moffat County business leaders meet with governor

On Friday, several local business leaders traveled to Fruita, where they represented Moffat County in a discussion with Gov. John Hickenlooper about a plan to improve the state’s economy. Over the weekend, Hickenlooper, Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, Reeves Brown, executive director of the Department of Local Affairs, and Al White, director of the Colorado Tourism Office, participated in eight meetings around the state centered on economic development.

Steamboat Nordic girls team place 2nd

The Steamboat Springs High School girls Nordic skiing team was second at a skate ski race at Snow Mountain Ranch on Saturday. Vail Mountain won the meet with 175 points. Steamboat had 160, ahead of Aspen, in third with 151.

Steamboat city manager moved out of intensive care Sunday

Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts has been moved out of intensive care and placed in the progressive care unit at Denver Health medical center, his wife, LeAnn Roberts, said Sunday.

Steamboat-linked snowboarders to compete in Spain

A large contingent of snowboarders with Steamboat Springs ties are competing in the World Snowboarding Championships in La Molina, Spain.

Aging Well: Instructors cite soothing, challenging benefits of water exercise

This is part of a series of profiles about Aging Well fitness and wellness class instructors in Routt and Moffat counties. This feature appears once per month on the Aging Well page.

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Senior goalie helps Sailors hockey to fast start this season

Steamboat Springs High School hockey goaltender Erik Owen is one of the best in the state

Last season, Steamboat Springs High School hockey goaltender Erik Owen won the starting goalie job and had a good year, but this summer he transformed himself into one of the premier netminders in the state.

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Cowpokes take to the slopes for Steamboat's Cowboy Downhill

There’s no requirement that participants in the Cowboy Downhill be good skiers or snowboarders. That’s a good thing. Because it wouldn’t be the same without cowboys and cowgirls bumbling and tumbling down the slopes at Steamboat Ski Area. The event starts at 4 p.m. today.

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Steamboat freestylers go big at Howelsen

Event attracts more than 100 skiers from region

The crowd buzzed as Steamboat Springs J4 freestyle skier Payton McElhiney skidded to a stop at the bottom of the mogul run at Howelsen Hill on Sunday in Steamboat Springs. On Sunday, he was the moguls champ of a Rocky Mountain Division Devo freestyle event that attracted more than 100 freestyle skiers from across the region.

Steamboat skiers shine at Revolution Tour in Oregon

Steamboat’s Max Gold won the U.S. Revolution Tour at Mt. Hood, Ore., on Jan. 10. The riders struggled with flat light all day but after a couple of days of snow, the pipe was in good shape for Monday’s contest.

Ryan St. Onge places 4th in Quebec World Cup event

Olympians Ryan St. Onge, who trained with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, and Emily Cook were the top Americans, both finishing just off the podium in fourth in Sunday’s aerials World Cup at Mont Gabriel, Quebec. St. Onge and Cook led a U.S. surge totaling five Americans inside the top 10.

Steamboat's Taylor Fletcher cracks top 30 at World Cup

Steamboat skier places 29th at World Cup event

Taylor Fletcher finished 29th on Sunday in a Nordic combined World Cup event in Seefeld, Austria, leading a United States contingent stocked with Steamboat Springs skiers.

Baker leads Soroco wrestlers at tourney

Soroco High School wrestling coach Jay Whaley said Josh Baker always seems to find ways to win close matches. A week after what Whaley then called the best tournament of Baker’s career, a second-place finish at Eagle Valley, he went out and one-upped himself, winning a tournament for the first time.

Hayden wrestling team ends up 2nd in Rangely

Hayden added six placers of its own from the same Rangely tournament and finished second as a team. T-Lane Mazzola at 119, Cory Terry at 125 and Treyben Letlow at 215 pounds all won their weight divisions.

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Luke Graham: Rebound for Hayden basketball

Friday’s Hayden boys and girls games against West Grand were two of the most well-attended high school games, outside of football playoffs, that have taken place in Hayden in the past five years. I haven’t had to park that far away from the school, maybe, ever. How did this happen? It’s pretty simple. When teams win, people care.

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More snow is in the forecast for Steamboat

National Weather Service predicts up to 3 feet through today

Another storm rolled into Steamboat Springs on Sunday and forecasters are predicting as much as 3 feet of snow by the time it’s finished. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory and hazardous weather outlook for the Upper Yampa River Basin, including Steamboat Springs. It’s effective until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The Record for Jan. 15

The Record for Jan. 15

Steamboat briefs: Registration for the Winter Carnival events is Jan. 28

Registration for the 2011 Winter Carnival Street Events will open at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 28 at the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association Visitors Center.

County Agenda for Jan. 17 and 18

County Agenda for Jan. 17 and 18

Deb Babcock: Interior decorating with houseplants

Homeowners often use furniture, artwork, wall treatments, rugs and more to create areas of interest, focal points and screens in rooms. Houseplants are another interior decorating tool that serves the same functions while also adding color, aroma and freshness.

Monday Medical: ACL information event is this month

A few years ago, I twisted my knee while skiing in the aspen trees known as “Twistercane.” As I waited for Steamboat Ski Patrol, my friend told me to stay positive. Once I was officially diagnosed with a complete ACL tear, the “experts” began to come out of the woodwork. Friends and friends of friends all told me stories about their experience. It seemed I had just joined a club.

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Steamboat man uses Twitter as hospital tool

Man developing website for health-related emergencies

A Steamboat Springs man, inspired by events local and national along with his own recent experience, is developing a website to help people communicate with loved ones through Twitter after health-related emergencies.

Sunday, January 16

Deed of trust covering or affecting the Torian Plum Condominiums

To any holder of a recorded mortgage or deed of trust covering or affecting the Torian Plum Condominiums, please be advised that on January 3, 2011 proposed amendments to the Restated Condominium Declaration for Torian Plum Condominiums were sent to each such holder at their last known address. Copies of the proposed amendments may be obtained by contacting Ron Smith, Attorney for the Torian Plum Condominium Owner's Association, Inc, at (970) 879-5313.

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Steamboat to weigh economic benefit of Walgreens

A building proposal that some say represents economic development in Steamboat Springs ran into the realities of the city’s development code at a Steamboat Springs Plan­ning Com­mis­sion meeting last week when plans for a new Walgreens store were tabled. The issue is to go before the City Council on Feb. 1

Oak-Lincoln Alley Wet Utilities Reconstruction

The City of Steamboat Springs is soliciting Statements of Qualifications from qualified contractors to submit a bid for replacing the sanitary sewer and installing a storm sewer in the alley located between Lincoln Avenue and Oak Street running from 4th Street to 10th Street in downtown Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Steamboat school survey results are 1 of many tools

District uses report to help students with other efforts

Steamboat Springs School District officials said results from the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey Routt County Community Report are a tool. District officials say the tools will help them address students’ academic and behavioral issues. Or in the words of one School Board member, it could help prepare students for the rest of their lives.

Hayden girls basketball team hammers North Park

Tigers don’t allow point in second, third quarters

The Hayden High School girls basketball team were wrapped up in an 8-8 tie at one point in the game against North Park. Wow, did that change quickly. Hay­­den won, 64-19.

Permit for oil and gas exploration

1. PETITIONER: SUNTERRA OIL AND GAS, LLP ACTIVITY #: PP2010-046 PETITION: Special Use Permit for oil and gas exploration and production LEGAL LOCATION: Southwest ¼ Southwest ¼ Section 3, Township 6 North, Range 87 West located approx 6 mi Northeast of Hayden, CO on East side of of CR 70

Special Use Permit for oil and gas exploration and production

Those matters coming before the Routt County Planning Commission at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 20, 2011 in the New Commissioners Hearing Room, Historic Courthouse, 522 Lincoln Avenue, THIRD FLOOR, Steamboat Springs are as follows: 1. PETITIONER: SUNTERRA OIL AND GAS, LLP ACTIVITY #: PP2010-046 PETITION: Special Use Permit for oil and gas exploration and production LEGAL LOCATION: Southwest ¼ Southwest ¼ Section 3, Township 6 North, Range 87 West located approx 6 mi Northeast of Hayden, CO on East side of of CR 70

City Café Proposal Deadline

City of Steamboat Springs Request For Proposals Food and Beverage Concession - City Café Proposal Deadline - February 7, 2011 The City of Steamboat Springs is soliciting proposals from qualified entities or individuals interested in providing certain food and beverage concession operations at the Centennial Hall "City Café" facility in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Town of Oak Creek Accounts Payable - December, 2010

Town of Oak Creek Accounts Payable - December, 2010 Payroll, $27,059.39; Yampa Valley Electric Association, electric for sewer plant $1061.75; QWEST, telephones $647.57; Pinnacole Assurance, workers' comp premium $1015.00; Cromer Contracting, electrical work $17,974.13; Colorado Department of Revenue, sales tax and sales tax penalty $3098.00; City of Steamboat Springs, sampling $110.50; DPC Industries, chemicals $48.00; Napa Auto Parts, parts for PW vehicle $28.58; NMPP, power and payment $32,477.34; Steamboat Pilot & Today, publications $116.89; T&T Construction, replacement of water service and screened rock $678.75; Weiss & Van Scoyk, legal fees $3119.34; Verizon, cell phones public works and police department $182.19;

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Routt County suicide rate hits 10-year high

The number of suicides in Routt County reached a 10-year high in 2010 with 11 deaths and 95 documented attempts. There were 940 suicides in Colorado in 2009, the highest number since 1988, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Foreclosure Sale No. 10-256

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-256; Original Grantor(s): Michael Procaccini Original Beneficiary(ies): Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Current Holder of Evidence of Debt: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Foreclosure Sale No. 10-255

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION, CRS §38-38-103, FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-255, Original Grantor(s): Edwin T Allbright, Original Beneficiary(ies): Washington Mutual Bank, FA

Foreclosure Sale No 10-253

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-253; Original Grantor(s): Jeffrey P Steinke and Suzan C Steinke Original Beneficiary(ies): Bank of America, N.A.

Case Number 10PR45

NOTICE TO CREDITORS Estate of George Henry May, Deceased Case Number 10PR45

MOON HILL BRIDGE REPAIR

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL #202 ROUTT COUNTY MOON HILL BRIDGE REPAIR ROUTT COUNTY, COLORADO The Routt County Board of Commissioners is accepting proposals from qualified vendors for the construction repair of the upstream pile of the center pier as well as the debris deflector for the Moon Hill Bridge.

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Steamboat hockey team beats Pueblo County despite defensive issues

For the eternal optimist, the 9-5 Steamboat win against Pueblo County on Saturday showed just how dangerous this Sailors team can be, now with two legitimate scoring lines. But for a team with big playoff aspirations, the multiple defensive breakdowns that led to goals have to be a grave area of concern.

John F. Russell: Finding out what it takes to be an Olympian

I’ve heard the spiel so many times that it’s engraved in my mind like some 1980s sitcom that has been replayed on late-night television one too many times. It starts with a question about what it takes to be an Olympic athlete and ends with a phrase like hard work, dedication and sacrifice

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Soroco girls basketball upsets Vail Christian, 62-33

Everything was cool Saturday when Soroco and Vail Christian basketball got together. “Yeah, that was cool,” Sor­oco’s Brandi Roundtree said about her two 3s in the third quarter, which all but ended the girls’ game with the Rams coming away with a 62-33 victory Saturday.

Vail Christian boys basketball team breaks school record against Soroco

Fans and the team watched as Vail Christian posted a single-game school record for points in the Saints boys’ 85-57 win against Soroco. “That was pretty cool,” Vail Christian sophomore Zach Linder said.

Medvesk, Williams lift Tigers boys basketball team to win

Senior guards Graig Medvesk and Ben Williams rained down 3-point shots Saturday to help the Hayden boys basketball team past North Park. The Tigers won, 77-45. Medvesk finished with 24 points and six treys, and Williams had 20 and four.

Joel Reichenberger: Camp opens eyes

Alla Pouzyreva said she skis because she likes the challenge, but she’s not talking about cutting down a moguls run without losing her balance or navigating the slopes on an icy day. No, the challenge Pouzy­­reva seeks has little in common with those that motivate and trouble most of us. She’s been legally blind for more than 17 years.

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Adaptive camp in Steamboat popular with veterans in its 6th year

It took four tries and several important tips. Melissa Stockwell was hesitant and slow on her first run down the NASTAR giant slalom course in the Bashor Bowl at Steamboat Ski Area. Still, on Wednesday during the four-day All Mountain Adaptive Ski & Ride Camp put on in Steamboat Springs, she was soaking up the little things, like gold status on the NASTAR course.

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Elk concerns are increasing in Steamboat Springs

Rita Valentine neighborhood home to herd that’s feeding on residents’ trees

A herd of elk that appears to have set up camp for the winter in neighborhoods adjoining Rita Valentine Park, struggling to survive unusually low temperatures, is causing concern among some residents by foraging for food on private trees and shrubs. Some residents, and at least one Steamboat Springs City Council member, think the city’s new off-leash dog regulations in the park are worsening the situation.

Steamboat briefs: Swiggart named regional development officer for CMC

Jim Swiggart has been named the regional development officer for Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs, according to a news release. He will be the local representative of the CMC Foundation, which raises funds for scholarships and capital projects for the college.

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Jan. 16

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Jan. 16

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Jan. 16

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Jan. 16

The Record for Jan. 14

The Record for Jan. 14

Jail Report for Jan. 8 to 14

Jail Report for Jan. 8 to 14

Mark Hillman: What we should expect from the GOP

As Republican majorities take the reins of power in Congress and in the Colorado House of Representatives, they carry the lofty expectations of their supporters alongside the inconvenient reality that Democrats still control half of the legislative branch plus the executive branch. Here’s what a good strategy for the next two years might look like.

Wendy Moreau: Online comments

Ninety-nine percent of human beings are inherently good. This I truly believe. I read the online comments at www.steamboattoday.com every morning and am astonished by the hatred some post. This great country was established to promote tolerance.

Thomas T. Earles: Hooray for Yampa River Bontanic Park

This past September, my family and I were privileged to spend a week in Steamboat Springs. We enjoyed the scenery and the wonderful walking and biking trails in the area. My personal favorite place was the Yampa River Botanic Park.

Our View: Balance key in Walgreens planning

A proposal to develop a Walgreens along the U.S. Highway 40 corridor in Steam­boat Springs provides a clear example of when city officials should apply common sense to the community development code and urban design standards.

CLOCKTOWER COMMERCIAL CONDOMINIUM UNITS C1, C2 & C3 (THE POWDER ROOM) #COU-10-01

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION NOTICE OF FINAL DECISION CLOCKTOWER COMMERCIAL CONDOMINIUM UNITS C1, C2 & C3 (THE POWDER ROOM) #COU-10-01

Casey's Pond Subdivision planning commission

Casey's Pond Subdivision planning commission meeting agenda CITIZENS' MEETING ROOM, CENTENNIAL HALL, 124 10TH STREET THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011, 5:00 P.M.

Alpine Mountain Ranch Metropolitan District street and water improvements

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ASSESSMENT ROLL AND ASSESSMENT RESOLUTION FOR THE SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT NO. 1. TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED GENERALLY and to the owners of real property included within the Special Improvement District No. 1 (the "District") in the Alpine Mountain Ranch Metropolitan District, Routt County, Colorado which will be assessed for a portion of the cost of certain street and water improvements (the "Improvements"), notice is hereby given:

DIVISION 5 WATER COURT-DECEMBER 2010 RESUME

DIVISION 5 WATER COURT-DECEMBER 2010 RESUME 12.PURSUANT TO C.R.S., §37-92-302, AS AMENDED, YOU ARE NOTIFIED THAT THE FOLLOWING PAGES COMPRISE A RESUME OF THE APPLICATIONS AND AMENDED APPLICATIONS FILED WITH THE WATER CLERK FOR WATER DIVISION 5 DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2010. 10CW299 ROUTT COUNTY, COTTONWOOD CREEK, TRIBUTARY TO COLORADO RIVER.

DIVISION 5 WATER COURT-DECEMBER 2010

DIVISION 5 WATER COURT-DECEMBER 2010 RESUME 13.PURSUANT TO C.R.S., §37-92-302, AS AMENDED, YOU ARE NOTIFIED THAT THE FOLLOWING PAGES COMPRISE A RESUME OF THE APPLICATIONS AND AMENDED APPLICATIONS FILED WITH THE WATER CLERK FOR WATER DIVISION 5 DURING THE MONTH OF DECEMBER 2010. 10CW300 ROUTT COUNTY, COTTONWOOD CREEK, TRIBUTARY TO COLORADO RIVER.

Notice contractors settlement COUNTY OF ROUTT

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on or after the 31st day of January 2011, final settlement will be made by Routt County, for and on account of the contract of said, Transwest in cooperation with Myslik, Inc. for the furnishing and installation of improvements to the Yampa Valley Regional Airport, Schedule(s) I Acquire Snow Removal Equipment, and any person, co-partnership, association or corporation who has an unpaid lien against said Transwest Trucks in cooperation with Myslik, Inc.

Town of Yampa 2010 Accounts Payable

Town of Yampa 2010 Accounts Payable

Steamboat men buy Lake Village in Hayden from bank

Stephan Baden didn’t have to go far to find a buyer for the 72 unsold building lots and five new homes at Hayden’s Lake Village subdivision. Baden found a partner to buy the subdivision with him and arranged a loan from Vectra Bank of Colorado.

Routt County real estate transactions for Jan. 9 to 13, 2011

Routt County real estate transactions for Jan. 9 to 13, 2011

On the Market: Greg Danziger new to Prudential Steamboat

Prudential Steamboat Real­ty announced the addition of Greg Danziger as a broker associate.

Saturday, January 15

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Fast start powers Steamboat boys basketball to win

Midway through the third quarter, Eagle Valley’s Tim Wells tried to throw a pass into the paint, but it slammed off the floor, over the rim and through the net. It was an impressive enough feat to draw applause, but not enough to do away with the Sailors, who cruised to a 66-51 victory.

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Steamboat girls shoot past Eagle Valley for 54-35 win

The reason was simple: the Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team sank nine 3-pointers Saturday. That allowed the Sailors to thoroughly outpace Eagle Valley and climb above .500 for the season winning, 54-35 in Steamboat. Steamboat now is 7-6 on the season and 2-1 in Western Slope League play.

Lodwick paces U.S. Nordic ski team in Austria

Steamboat Springs resident and Olympic silver medalist Todd Lodwick paced the U.S. Nordic combined team today in Seefeld, Austria, during a FIS World Cup. Lodwick finished 23rd for the Americans. Action continues Sunday in Seefeld before the circuit heads to France.

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Soroco girls basketball can’t cling to early lead in 55-43 loss

The Soroco girls basketball team opened Friday night’s game against Rangely with its best basketball of the night, taking a 16-7 lead. They never again were that effective, however, and Rangely never again was that inept. The Panthers turned to a tough full-court press and won the rebounding battle. The Rams’ shooting dried up, and the Panthers ran away with a 55-43 victory.

Steamboat girls basketball passes Battle Mountain, 56-33

Steamboat Springs girls basketball struggled early against Battle Mountain on Friday night. The solution was No. 32 Tara Spitellie. The senior pocketed a career-high seven 3-pointers on her way to 23 points as the Sailors were able to pull away from Battle Mountain, 56-33.

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Steamboat boys basketball cruises past Battle Mountain, 53-32

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team jumped out to a 15-2 first-quarter advantage and rode it home to a 53-32 win Friday night against Battle Mountain in Edwards.

Hayden boys basketball cruise behind Valdez for win

Whatever has gotten into Hayden boys basketball player Jorge Valdez should be bottled up and distributed. The sophomore put together his second consecutive huge game in helping Hayden beat West Grand, 67-44.

Hayden girls easily down West Grand, 64-15

Hayden High School girls basketball coach Eric Hamilton had a lofty goal of holding visiting West Grand to fewer than 20 points Friday. By the end of the third quarter, it looked like the visiting Mustangs might have trouble breaking double digits. Hayden used a full court press and stifling defense to run away with a 64-15 win.

Conor Garrecht-Connelly gets 2nd in halfpipe event

Steamboat Springs skier Conor Garrecht-Connelly finished second in a U.S. Rev­olution Tour halfpipe event Thursday in Mount Hood Meadows, Ore.

SSWSC’s Marno named to Junior World Alpine team

The U.S. Ski Team named 14 junior athletes to represent the United States in the 2011 FIS Junior World Alpine Ski Championships at Crans Montana, Switzerland. Included in that number was Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Anna Marno.

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Soroco boys basketball clawed at home

Rangely Panthers sweep Rams boys basketball, 72-58

Rangely High School boys basketball team's Caleb Templeton, a senior transfer from Grand Junction, exploded for 33 points — 23 in the first half — to lead his team past Soroco, 72-58, on Friday night. “We just couldn’t find a way to stop him,” Soroco’s Michael Rossi said.

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Steamboat's hospital sees decrease in number of births

YVMC averaged 430 babies a year from 2006 through 2008. There were 321 babies born at YVMC in 2010. The number of births last year represents a 25 percent decrease from the three-year average. The lower number can be linked to the recession, and it was something the hospital had planned for in its budget, spokeswoman Christine McKelvie said.

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Tom Ross: Facebook connection to area’s past

If you’re not on Facebook yet, it’s just a matter of time. I was plugged into a great example this week of how social media can reunite far-flung friends.

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Steamboat Springs Arts Council to host gala tonight

Walk through the doors of the Depot Art Center tonight and you’ll step into the decrepit Victorian-era mansion of the fictional Miss Havisham, of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations.”

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TV meteorologists arrive with snow in Steamboat for Weather Summit

The direct jet flights bringing vacationers to Steamboat Springs for the long Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend were 94 percent full Friday with 972 passengers on board, a good omen for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

2010 baby names from Steamboat's Yampa Valley Medical Center

A list of baby names from children born in 2010 at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

The Record for Jan. 13

10:52 a.m. A man reported that his car was not parked where he had left it the previous night in the 300 block of Eighth Street. The man had forgotten where he had parked and found his car an hour later.

Steamboat briefs: Howelsen ski area looking for volunteer ambassadors

The city of Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Depart­ment is looking for friendly, outgoing volunteers to educate Nordic trail users about appropriate use of the facility.

Routt County school lunch menus for Jan. 17 to 21

Routt County school lunch menus for Jan. 17 to 21

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Events in Routt County this week

Hip-hop artist Lyrics Born will take the stage with a full band at 9:30 p.m. Monday at Old Town Pub. Tickets are $15. Check out other events happening during the weekend here.

Friday, January 14

Registration opens for Steamboat's Ski 4 Yellow

200 initial spots quickly filling for inaugural event in March

For a $75 registration fee and collecting $500 in donations for cancer research, skiers and snowboarders will be able to tag along at Steamboat Ski Area with as many as 25 Olympic and World Cup skiers at the March event.

U.S. Nordic ski team 7th in Austria

The team, comprising Steamboat Springs skiers, was originally scheduled to compete Sunday in Schonach, Germany, but the event was rained out.

Woman suspected of stealing nearly $70,000 from former Steamboat employer

Kayla Dawn Barker turned herself in to police Wednesday

An arrest affidavit states that Kayla Dawn Barker took the money by forging checks while working as a bookkeeper at Aspen Grove Plumbing and Heating in Steamboat Springs. Police began investigating the theft in November 2009.

BOCES board approves final 2010-11 budget

Education board members say past spending issues are resolved

The more than $3.2 million Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services budget includes about $400,000 in cuts from the 2009-10 budget of more than $3.6 million.

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Dining review: Riggio’s Ristorante

Riggio’s Ristorante is quickly becoming one of the best restaurants in Steamboat Springs. Rich and Stacey Most have created a fun and inviting atmosphere where guests feel entirely welcome.

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Telluride Mountainfilm tour in Steamboat Springs through Saturday

We’re all mountain people, Jim Nowak said. From Telluride and Steam­boat to the Nepali Himalayas, Nowak, executive director of the Ridgeway-based dZi Foundation, sees the same human spirit of growth, love and adventure in all of us.

Steamboat boys basketball team ready for must-win games

Steamboat Springs boys basketball coach Luke DeWolfe calls today and Saturday’s games must-wins. He’s got several years of data to support his reasoning. After an opening Western Slope League loss to Glen­wood Springs last week, De­­Wolfe knows that to win a league title, the Sailors need to be able to defeat Battle Moun­­tain today and Eagle Valley on Saturday.

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Keller Williams returns to Steamboat with the Keels

Williams to play at 9 p.m. today at Sheraton Steamboat Resort

Keller Williams knows there are hundreds of fresh-faced young ski bums living in Steamboat Springs, maybe residing in the very houses he called home from 1995 to 1997. Williams will return to Steamboat for a performance at 9 p.m. today at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort.

Michele Meyer: Community Agriculture Alliance presents challenge grant

What makes our community great? What are the things you love most about living here? You may have been asked this before, but take a moment and really think about your response. While there are as many answers as there are unique individuals, one common theme is the landscape.

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Sailors hockey to play Saturday at Howelsen Ice Arena

To prep for a 6 p.m. Saturday home game against Pueblo County — a team that, at least on paper, the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team should easily skate past — the Sailors might want to turn the calendar back a month.

Steamboat briefs: Cello master class offered with John Sant’Ambrogio

The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra is offering a cello technique master class with John Sant’Ambrogio from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library. Bring your cello for a group lesson on fundamental techniques.

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Steamboat City Council emphasizes building economy on foundation of existing assets

Preserving existing economic drivers and assets, and using that foundation to improve business-related infrastructure and government efficiency, was the framework the Steamboat Springs City Council established Thursday night in Howelsen Lodge to guide future economic development policies.

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Johanna Hall: Steamboat group to help you get back in the saddle

Are you one of those people who used to ride your bike but haven’t in a long time? Did life get in the way with a job and family, or perhaps the years got the best of you? Or do you think maybe you’re just too old? Well, there is a great opportunity just around the corner that will help you get back in the saddle.

The Record for Jan. 12

2:03 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrested a 25-year-old Steamboat Springs woman on suspicion of domestic violence.

Tigers girls basketball looks to rebound tonight against West Grand

Intensity will be the focus when the Hayden girls basketball team takes the floor at 7 p.m. today against West Grand. The Tigers, 7-2, lost Tuesday night at Little Snake River (Wyo.) High School, and Hayden coach Eric Hamilton said the Rattlers’ intensity is the last impression of the experience his team has.

Tigers boys hoops looks to put opponents away

Whether or not the Hayden boys are the team to beat in the Western Slope League is up for debate, Tigers basketball coach Mike Luppes said. Hayden will try to improve to 3-0 in league play during an 8:30 p.m. game today against West Grand, one of the other teams Luppes said is in the top tier of the league.

Rams boys basketball team aims to win match of equals

In Rangely, Soroco boys basketball coach Andy Johnson said he sees a team very similar to his Rams. If Soroco, 2-1, is to climb into the top half of the Western Slope League this year, winning a game of equals will prove important. “They’re in a very similar situation to us. They graduated a lot of their offensive firepower,” he said.

Rams girls basketball team hopes to prove it belongs

Soroco girls basketball coach David Bruner said he’s not sure whether his team is ready to live up to the lofty expectations it has set for itself. The Rams have the perfect chance to prove they’re ready with a 5:30 p.m. home game today against a tough Rangely squad.

Sailors Alpine team back in action with event today

The Steamboat Springs High School Alpine ski team kicked off its season last weekend with a pair of second-place finishes at a giant slalom event at Copper Mountain. The squad hopes to follow that success with a strong showing today in Beaver Creek.

Steamboat girls hoops set for games today, Saturday

When dissecting his team’s two games this weekend, Steam­­boat girls basketball coach John Ameen kept it pretty simple. “We’ve got to play well,” Ameen said. “It’s flat-out coming out and playing like we know how to play for an entire game.” Steamboat plays at 6 p.m. today at Battle Mountain, and at 2 p.m. Saturday at home against Eagle Valley.

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Brent Boyer: A fresh look for the front page

We haven’t heard a peep in the month since we made one of the most noticeable changes to the Steam­­boat Today in the eight years I’ve been here. On Dec. 16, the Steamboat Today featured two stories on its front page, and we’ve published two stories on the front page since.

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What to do in Steamboat for Jan. 14 to 20

Rich vocal harmonies and standout instrumental work and songwriting make Fort Collins-based Head for the Hills one of the better folk acts kicking around the Colorado scene. The band plays at 9 p.m. Saturday at Ghost Ranch Saloon.

Thursday, January 13

Steamboat Springs Planning Commission tables Walgreens proposal

The Steamboat Springs Plan­­ning Commission voted unanimously Thursday night to table plans for a new Walgreens store until Jan. 27 so the applicants can have more time to address questions about the project.

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Meteorologist predicts 19 to 33 inches of snow in Steamboat by Monday

Joel Gratz runs forecasting website out of Boulder

Joel Gratz, recently touted as “powder’s new guru” in The Denver Post, expects Steamboat to be hit hardest by storms headed toward Colorado.

Steamboat terminates contract with Iron Horse Inn operator

New West Inns breaks rent agreement, owes city $77,000

Anne Small, the city’s purchasing and risk manager, said New West Inns failed to meet rent obligations for the Iron Horse for three consecutive months, which allows the city to end its lease agreement. Steamboat is set to take over management of the inn today.

Chinook Lane closure starts Sunday, affects bus service

Chinook will be closed from Mariah Court to Walton Creek Road from Sunday morning to Wednesday to repair a ground fault. The closure will suspend Steamboat Springs Transit bus service at several stops.

Steamboat Springs Running Series registry opens

Summer races expected to fill up

Leaders with the Steamboat Springs Running Series sent out a survey to many of the record number of competitors who took part in summer races

The Record for Jan. 11

1:02 a.m. A man in the 400 block of Seventh Street reported that a dog had been barking the past three nights and was keeping him awake.

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Marimba player returns to teach Steamboat student bands

On Wednesday morning, the 53 members of the Steamboat Springs High School Concert Band watched the tick of the baton in front of them. As Simon Boyar tapped out the beat, the saxophones bleated and the trumpets wailed. Wednesday marked the first time the students had seen the piece, called “Springs.” Boyar, a professional marimba player, wrote it for the concert band.

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Business plan in the works for Steamboat Springs Airport

Steamboat Springs Airport notched a couple of notable accomplishments in 2010 when the last $40,000 payment on the bonded indebtedness for the terminal construction was made, and again in December when the city reached agreement with a Denver developer to build six to nine aircraft hangars. Mike Forney, a private pilot, and Rich Lowe are getting ready to write a business plan for the airport.

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Walgreens tries again in Steamboat

Store proposal goes before Planning Commission tonight

A proposal for a Walgreens store at the corner of U.S. Highway 40 and Pine Grove Road heads to the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission tonight. Co-developer Brian Olson said in November that he and partner Rod Forrester would like to break ground in March and see the store open by October.

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5 skiers with Steamboat ties named to Nordic Junior World team

With a dash of experience and a touch of youthful exuberance, the 2011 FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships team has almost a full Steamboat Springs flavor. The team, which will compete Jan. 25 to 31 in Otepää, Estonia, features five skiers, all with local ties.

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Mountain Standard Time bluegrass group returns to Steamboat tonight

When guitarist Stan Sut­ton thinks about life in the Mount­ain time zone, he thinks about his now-hometown of Nederland. He thinks of Vince Herman, of Leftover Salmon, having parades down the middle of the street and thinks of the late-night picking sessions that help foster the expansion of roots music, including Sutton’s jam-grass band, appropriately named Mountain Standard Time.

Steamboat briefs: South Routt School Board to hear improvement plan

South Routt Superintendent Scott Mader said the district has created a plan he hopes will lead it to being accredited with distinction in three years. The School Board will discuss and consider approving the district’s unified improvement plan during a special meeting at 6 p.m. today in the district administrative offices behind Soroco High School in Oak Creek.

Steamboat Springs City Council retreat to focus on economy

How to stick a policy-driven spur into the flanks of the local economy is the dominant discussion topic at today’s Steamboat Springs City Council retreat at Howelsen Hill Lodge. The retreat, which begins at 4 p.m. in Olympian Hall, also includes a look at the council’s accomplishments in 2010 and goals for 2011.

Wednesday, January 12

For Steamboat's Chix with Stix players, age is no matter

On a team whose ages span 26 years, all generations contributed this past weekend. The oldest Chix with Stix player, Lee Cox, put up two goals against the University of Denver Pioneers, and the second-youngest player, Laura Kalmes, assisted Cox’s first goal in the first period and scored on a penalty shot in the third.

Steamboat Education Fund Board recoups some attorney fees

Former accountant Paul Strong agrees to give cash, in-kind payment

Paul Strong will pay the Education Fund Board a portion of the attorney fees it incurred while successfully appealing penalties levied by the Internal Revenue Service for failing to file tax returns for four years. Strong is the former Fund Board accountant.

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Doctors expect full recovery for Steamboat City Manager Jon Roberts

Wife says his condition improves daily

Doctors expect Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Rob­erts to make a full recovery from critical injuries and brain trauma sustained in a Jan. 2 skiing accident, his wife said Wednesday. But a long recovery lies ahead.

Hayden boys win vs. Vail Christian, 80-70

Girls basketball loses against Little Snake River team, 57-28

Hayden’s Jorge Valdez saved the biggest game of his career for a night when the Tigers clearly weren’t their best. The sophomore poured in 31 points and grabbed 21 rebounds Tuesday at Vail Christian, helping Hayden to an 80-70 win.

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International portrait photography on display in Steamboat

Here in Steamboat Springs, he’s known as Joseph Cosby. In Mexico, he’s called Jose. And in Guatemala, they call him Chuck Norris. The tall, bearded photographer, often dressed in cowboy garb, has traveled to the far corners of the world. More than 50 of his photographs will be on display this month at the Depot Art Center.

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Jimmy Westlake: Orion’s Belt shining in January

Anyone who ever has looked up at the starry, winter sky has seen it, though they might not have realized what they were looking at. The three bright stars in a neat little row stand out among the other stars like a neon sign.

Steamboat Springs School Board moves meetings to district office

The Steamboat Springs School Board voted in favor of making the George P. Sauer Human Services Center, the district administrative office, home to future board meetings. School Board members voted, 3-2, on Monday after Superinten­­dent Shalee Cun­­ningham requested that School Board meetings not move among the district office, Centennial Hall and school buildings.

Steamboat briefs: Woman injured in car accident brought back to Steamboat

Michele Dunklin has returned to Steamboat Springs and is continuing her recovery at Doak Walker Care Center after spending more than a month at Denver Health medical center. “She is so, so thrilled to be back in Steamboat,” family friend Michelle Diehl said. “She must have said that three times today.”

Hayden police to expand staffing

Department soon will have 6 full-time-equivalent officers

The Hayden Police Depar­tment will increase its staffing to six full-time-equivalent officers for 2011.

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Pediatrics of Steamboat Springs joins literacy program

Pediatrics of Steamboat Springs is now one of 4,654 health care centers nationwide to offer the Reach Out and Read program, which encourages early introduction to literacy with free books and counseling to parents about bonding with children through reading.

The Record for Jan. 10

12:49 a.m. An employee of a bar in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive requested a Steamboat Springs Police Department officer to help deal with a patron. The patron was gone when police arrived.

Barbara Kerley: A big thank you to everyone

A big thank-you to all the friends and neighbors in the valley that helped me. Each one of you was a true blessing. Thank you so much.

Sonja Macys: Why no Giffords news coverage?

I am writing to express my grave disappointment in the Steamboat Pilot & Today for your failure to report on the national tragedy that occurred Saturday in Tucson, Ariz. It is hard not to take the omission as an insult to those who were slain, and those who are still fighting for their lives. U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords and Ron Barber are friends of mine.

Adult co-ed league volleyball standings and scores for Jan. 10

Adult co-ed league volleyball standings and scores for Jan. 10

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Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board avoids fine, prepares to hear $2.4M in requests

The Internal Revenue Ser­vice has waived the penalties assessed to the Education Fund Board for not filing its annual tax returns on time, Board President Kristi Brown said Tuesday. The group will meet tonight to hear requests totaling $2.4 million from local districts and community groups.

Our View: Survey results encouraging; work remains

There was some good news this week from the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, which more than 600 Steamboat Springs seventh- through 12th-graders took in spring. But before we pat ourselves on the backs, we should remember that the campaign against teen substance abuse is ongoing.

Adult B league soccer standings and scores for Jan. 4

Adult B league soccer standings and scores for Jan. 4

Adult A league soccer standings and scores for Jan. 6

Adult A league soccer standings and scores for Jan. 6

Adult co-ed basketball league standings and results for Jan. 9

Adult co-ed basketball league standings and results for Jan. 9

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Joanne Palmer: An argument for the basic, everyday checklist

Turn off coffee pot. Check. Print out boarding pass. Check. Return library books. Check. Check. Check. I am now a fan of checklists. Here’s how it happened. I went to the store five (count ’em, five) times to buy a new toothbrush for my pearly whites. I left the store five (count ’em, five) times without the toothbrush.

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Wiggins takes reins as new Routt County sheriff

Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to work for a new boss Tuesday after Sheriff Garrett Wiggins was sworn in at the historic downtown courthouse. Wiggins wasted little time getting to work. After moving some things into his new office, Wiggins planned a meeting to explain his law enforcement philosophy.

Arizona shooting's impacts felt in Steamboat

Steamboat’s Sonja Macys a friend of Arizona congresswoman

The horrific shooting Satur­­day in Arizona has struck hearts in Steamboat Springs. Sonja Macys, executive director of Yampatika, is a longtime friend of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, one of 20 people shot during a political meet and greet Giffords was hosting at a Tucson super­­market. Six people, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl, were killed.

County real estate transactions for December 2010

Seller: Frank Levkulich Buyer: William Shane and Amber L. Kawcak Address: Lot 1, Silver Sage Sale Price: $60,000

Tuesday, January 11

The Record for Jan. 9, 2011

1:50 a.m. Police contacted a group of people at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue. Police said the people were “wrestling around.” They were given a courtesy ride to their hotel.

Steamboat Briefs: VA urges veterans to sign up for direct bank deposits

The Department of the Treasury announced a new rule that will phase out paper checks for federal benefits by March 1, 2013. Officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs urge veterans to sign up for electronic payment of their benefits.

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Conservative Scott Wheeler to speak at Steamboat Institute event

Political talk tonight costs $10

A nationally known conservative author, TV producer and correspondent will speak about terrorism and the nation’s political climate today in Steamboat Springs. The event starts at 5:30 p.m.

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Tom Ross: Lookin’ for winter adventure in the Flat Tops

How much risk is enough? How much exposure to danger does it take to make you feel vibrant and alive? Is it possible to be fully alive without hanging one’s precious heinie even just a little ways over the precipice?

Survey: Alcohol use drops among Steamboat Springs students

Teens report drinking less during 2010

Alcohol use among Steam­boat Springs School District seventh- to 12th-graders in 2010 declined from 2008, according to survey results presented Monday night to the School Board. Marijuana use stayed relatively flat during the same time period — and at or near state averages by grade level.

Slopestyle skiing and snowboarding results for Jan. 8 and 9

Slopestyle skiing and snowboarding results for Jan. 8 and 9

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Routt County school district data accessible through new website

Data about Colorado school districts is available in a single online location. The Steamboat Springs School District last week made a letter available to parents that informs them about its district and school performance reports.

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Steamboat doctors offer tips on how to stay safe in extreme cold

Routt County residents might be accustomed to hunkering down during severe cold snaps, but that doesn’t make them immune to the potential dangers. Overnight lows Monday night and tonight are expected to dip to minus 15 degrees.

Monday, January 10

City Manager Jon Roberts regains consciousness

Official makes huge step in recovery at Denver hospital after ski accident

The recovery of City Manager Jon Roberts took a huge step forward at a Denver hospital Monday as he regained consciousness for the first time since his Jan. 2 fall at Steamboat Ski Area. Roberts remained in critical condition Monday evening.

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Lisa Brown named acting CEO of Visiting Nurse Association

The local health organization's director of development will oversee the agency until a full-time replacement for Sue Birch is identified. Birch was named executive director of the state Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.

Steamboat briefs: Hayden High School to hold Snowcoming Week

Hayden High School will kick off Snowingcoming Week with dress-up days. Students are encouraged to wear pajamas today, class colors Tuesday, camouflage Wednesday and orange and black Thursday.

Steamboat event to teach ways parents can improve time with children

How to find the best of both worlds of having peaceful, quality time at home with the children is the topic of a Tuesday night event hosted by Race and First Impressions of Routt County.

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Powder at Steamboat Ski Area slows slopestyle boarders

Locals capture 4 divisions Sunday at USSA competition in Steamboat

A massive powder day was a gift for many in Steamboat on Sunday. For the snowboarders competing in the USSA slopestyle competition at Steamboat Ski Area, however, it was something else. Sunday’s winners proved to be the boarders who best dealt with the conditions.

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Steamboat Ski Area passes 200 inches

Cold front forecast to produce more snow, cold temperatures

With a storm that dropped 17 inches of snow in less than 24 hours on Mount Werner, Steam­boat Ski Area surpassed the 200-inch mark Sunday, nearly two months earlier than last season. The ski area didn’t reach the 200-inch milestone last season until March 8, and the 2009-10 season total was 261.75 inches. As of Sunday afternoon, the ski area was reporting 209.5 inches of snow at mid-mountain, with a base of 69 inches.

Monday Medical: Blood donations help our city

Yampa Valley Medical Center to host regional drive Jan. 20

We are fortunate to live in a special community, and the new year is a great time to pause to think about what each of us can do to make it even better. I have a suggestion to consider — something that costs nothing, is quick and easy to do, and yet will truly make an impact on the lives of others. Become a blood donor.

Economic forecast for Steamboat indicates more gloom early in 2011

Consumer spending and retail sales will continue trending slightly upward early in 2011, but the local construction industry and overall employment market will remain very bleak, according to a regional economic forecast.

Aging Well: Downsizing doesn’t have to be daunting

Downsizing is a process we undertake, to various degrees, throughout our lives. Still, as we age, we seem to accumulate more stuff while growing more attached to items that have accompanied us throughout the years. Inevitably, a person must dramatically pare down all belongings to accommodate smaller, more convenient living quarters or a simpler lifestyle.

Steamboat School Board to hear survey results

Students asked about drug use, physical health in spring

Results from a survey that asked Steamboat Springs sixth- through 12th-graders questions about topics ranging from substance abuse to physical health will be presented to the School Board tonight.

Josh Baker finishes 2nd for Soroco wrestling at tournament

Josh Baker finished second in the 140-pound division of a high school wrestling tournament in Eagle Valley, leading the way for Soroco High School.

Letlow leads Hayden wrestling team in Utah

Tigers has strong performances at tournament

Hayden High School wrestling coach Ty Camilletti said he’s learned not to be surprised by his superstar senior, Treyben Letlow. Exactly why he has that attitude was reinforced yet again Saturday, as Letlow wrestled in the championship match of the prestigious Uintah Tournament of Champions in Vernal, Utah.

The Record for Jan. 8

The Record for Jan. 8

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Steamboat freestyle skiers shine at home hill

Freestylers rack up podium finishes on Voo Doo run at ski area

Michael DeGrandis lost the race to the bottom. Fortunately for the Steamboat Springs skier, freestyle skiing isn’t a race. DeGrandis edged out Zak Watkins on Sunday to win the dual moguls portion of the Landon Sawyer Bump Bash at Steamboat Ski Area, capping an excellent weekend for Steamboat skiers.

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Luke Graham: Hockey poised for playoff run

At this point in the season, it’s relatively thick-minded to predict what might happen in late February. But there are many reasons to think about what could happen for the Steamboat Springs High School hockey team. Steamboat steps out of its first post-holiday week at 7-1, tied atop the Foothills Conference.

Deb Babcock: How and when to fertilize houseplants

Indoor plants need fewer nutrients during winter months

During winter months, with their short daylight hours, your houseplants need little to no fertilizer unless they reside under artificial lights or the plant instructions require fertilizer during more dormant periods.

County Agenda for Jan. 10 and 11

County Agenda for Jan. 10 and 11

Sunday, January 9

title to 1973 Harley Davidson Sportster Vin. #3A61263H3

This is to give notice to John W. Meyers and Johrene Meyers that I, Kevin C. Wendland, am applying for title to 1973 Harley Davidson Sportster Vin. #3A61263H3. Contact # 970-871-1381.

Bob McConnell: I am no longer a Republican

To those of you who listened when I asked you to trust the Republican Party, I apologize. The GOP has failed us at the national, state, and local level. I am no longer a Republican because the GOP no longer represents me or what I believe.

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Catamount sales pick up in Steamboat

December rush at neighborhood redefines market

Catamount had been relatively quiet through the first 11 months of 2010, with two sales for a combined $3.83 million. Realtor Darlinda Baldinger said she finished the year with more than $10 million in sales at Catamount. Baldinger attributes a recent burst of activity at Lake Catamount to the scarcity of listings.

On the Market: Lake Village subdivision in Hayden is set to close

Steve Caragol and partner Stephan Baden, of Steamboat Springs, hope to announce next week that they have closed on the purchase of the balance of the Lake Village subdivision in Hayden from Vectra Bank of Colorado.

Steamboat's Chief Plaza Theater purchase is in limbo

Friends of the Chief group says it isn’t much closer to closing deal on downtown building

Four months after they went under contract to purchase Steamboat Springs’ historic downtown movie theater, the Friends of the Chief aren’t much closer to closing the deal than they were at the end of August. “We’re kind of in limbo right now,” Friends spokesman Jim Cook said. “We’ve had an appraisal, and it’s well below the asking price.”

Real estate transactions for Jan. 3 to 6

Real estate transactions for Jan. 3 to 6

ORDINANCE: 2365; ORDINANCE: 2366

ORDINANCE: 2365 An ordinance supplementally appropriating funds in 2010 and appropriating reserves therefrom for 2011 for after hours transit service. ORDINANCE: 2366 An ordinance approving the termination of an Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Steamboat Springs and the Colorado Mountain College.

LAND USE CHANGE OF MAJOR IMPACT

LAND USE CHANGE OF MAJOR IMPACT: Please be informed that Tom Eastman and Eric Simonsen, d/b/a EJJV, LLC, have applied for a land use change of Major Impact by proposing an 8 unit multi family residential project to be developed in three phases located at the property described as Lots 25-32, Block 10, First Addition to the Town of Oak Creek.

Jean White ready to represent Northwest Colorado

Jean White received just one vote on the first of five secret ballots last week being cast to fill the vacancy in state Senate District 8. But by the fifth ballot, she had picked up three more, enough to eke out a majority of the vacancy committee’s seven voting members and earn a seat at the Capitol in Denver for the next two years. Jean White, a Hayden Re­­pub­­lican married to the man whose seat she’s filling, left Hayden for Denver early Tuesday.

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After First Friday, gallery seeks to begin First Saturday tradition

Artists share techniques at new monthly event

After rolling the paper through the press one more time, Maggie Smith peeled away the printing plate to reveal what her monotype print process had created this time. “This is my favorite part,” Smith said as she saw how her yellow circles had blended with blue stripes. The local artist was demonstrating her work process Saturday morning as part of an event at Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat.

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Tips for teaching on the mountain without losing your friends

The first advice is almost always, “Don’t!” Convincing a friend, family member or significant other to forgo ski or snowboard lessons and instead submit to a day or two of your insight, nearly everyone agrees, is a bad idea. The pitfalls of instructing a rookie friend or loved one and the advantages of taking a lesson are numerous. Still, plenty try it anyway.

Joel Reichenberger: I learned the hard way not to teach friends to ski

For the record, I think you should take ski lessons. It was after a day of helping a friend — a guy with one day of real ski lessons under his belt — that it occurred to me there are so many ways teaching friends how to ski can go wrong.

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Hayden town manager shows excitement after 1st week on the job

You can see it in his expression and hear it in his voice. David Torgler is excited to be Hayden’s new town manager. Torgler, 51, was all smiles Thurs­­day afternoon, four days into his first week on the job. It was, after all, only his fifth day in Hayden after arriving with his wife, Carmen, on Sunday night.

Our View: Too soon to change course

November was the third month since July in which city of Steamboat Springs sales tax revenues exceeded the total from the corresponding month in 2009. That’s a good sign for the local economy and a positive indicator that the worst may be behind us. But it doesn’t mean local governments should loosen their tight reins on expenditures.

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Avalanche clinic in Steamboat teaches science, safety

On Valentine’s Day six years ago, Clark resident Alethea Stone’s future husband gave her a not-so-subtle suggestion to put down the snow­­board and take up back­­country skiing. “Without even asking, my husband got me tele gear,” Stone said Saturday while working in a snow pit on Rabbit Ears Pass, trying to learn the science behind avalanches. Stone was one of 21 students participating in the one-day avalanche clinic field session.

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Steamboat girls basketball holds on for 54-40 victory against Mead

The Steamboat Springs High School girls basketball team jumped out to a fast first quarter Saturday against Mead en route to a 54-40 victory. The Sailors had a 15-4 first-quarter lead in Kelly Meek Gymnasium. It’s the kind of start the team was looking for.

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Steamboat hockey team rallies to win against Summit

Sailors' Conroy scores game-winner for a 2-1 victory against Summit

If luck can turn at any moment, a 31-second span of the third period of Saturday’s Steamboat Springs High School hockey game proved the point. With the game tied at 1, Summit High School’s Evan Streit appeared to score the go-ahead goal on a breakaway. But the referees huddled and waved off the goal. Then, Steamboat's Blayne Conroy hit the game-winner for a 2-1 victory.

John F. Russell: Olympic dreams go beyond

Look in the shadows of our town’s rich legacy of producing top Olympic athletes and you will find that the tradition reaches beyond the ski slopes. Longtime Steamboat Springs resident Mike Smith understands the legacy. Smith, owner of Excel Gymnastics, hopes to inspire the same passion for the Olympics into a new group of athletes. But he isn’t looking for young men and women who will compete in the Winter Games. No, he’s hoping they’ll tumble their way into the Summer Games.

Steamboat briefs: Registration now open for children’s dance classes

Registration is open for children’s Danceworks classes. The six-week winter session starts Monday and runs through Feb. 18. Some late registrations will be accepted after Monday.

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Steamboat Nordic team soars on home course

Steamboat Springs girls take 3rd place in Nordic race

The course was challenging at Howelsen Hill on Saturday, but more than 150 high school skiers tore up and down it during the high school Nordic skiing event. The Steamboat Springs High School girls Nordic skiing team led the way for the Sailors with a third-place finish. The boys were seventh.

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Jan. 9

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Jan. 9

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Jan. 9

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Jan. 9

Federal financial assistance from the Rural Utilities Service

STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION Yampa Valley Electric Association, Inc. is the recipient of Federal financial assistance from the Rural Utilities Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and is subject to the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, and the rules and regulations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Jail Report for Jan. 1 to 7

Jail Report for Jan. 1 to 7

The Record for Jan. 7

The Record for Jan. 7

HAYDEN MAXIMUM FLOOR AREA Low Density zone district

TOWN OF HAYDEN COUNTY OF ROUTT, STATE OF COLORADO NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON APPEAL FOR VARIANCE FROM TOWN OF HAYDEN LAND USE CODE SECTION 16.03.040.D.4 REGARDING MAXIMUM FLOOR AREA OF ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT IN THE RESIDENTIAL LOW DENSITY ZONE DISTRICT ON JANUARY 27, 2011.

HAYDEN RELOCATION OF EXISTING MOTOR VEHICLE FUELING STATIONS

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS ON PROPOSED TEXT AMENDMENT TO TITLE 16, ARTICLE 3, SECTION 16.03.040 OF THE TOWN OF HAYDEN LAND USE CODE TO ALLOW RELOCATION OF EXISTING MOTOR VEHICLE FUELING STATIONS AS A PERMITTED PRINCIPAL USE IN THE HD: HISTORIC DOWNTOWN ZONE DISTRICT ON JANUARY 27, 2011 AND FEBRUARY 17, 2011.

Steamboat Springs High School Nordic skiing results

Steamboat Springs High School Nordic skiing results from Saturday

PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ASSESSMENT ROLL AND ASSESSMENT RESOLUTION FOR THE SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT NO. 1.

NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ASSESSMENT ROLL AND ASSESSMENT RESOLUTION FOR THE SPECIAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT NO. 1. TO ALL PERSONS INTERESTED GENERALLY and to the owners of real property included within the Special Improvement District No. 1 (the "District") in the Alpine Mountain Ranch Metropolitan District, Routt County, Colorado which will be assessed for a portion of the cost of certain street and water improvements (the "Improvements"), notice is hereby given:

Board of Adjustment will not hold a meeting on January 20, 2011

The Steamboat Springs Board of Adjustment will not hold a meeting on January 20, 2011. The next regular meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, February 17, 2011.

City water and sewer tap investment fees

NOTICE IS HEREBY, GIVEN that the Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday, January 4, 2011, adopted the following ordinances on first reading: PROPOSED ORDINANCE:An ordinance ratifying a Revocable Permit and Easement Agreement between the City of Steamboat Springs and Fifth and Yampa, LLC; establishing a hearing date; and providing an effective date.

Management and Operations Plan for the Iron Horse Inn

The City of Steamboat Springs is soliciting proposals from qualified property management firms/individuals to provide and implement a Management and Operations Plan for the Iron Horse Inn located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The City desires a turn-key solution that will maximize revenues and minimize expenses while maintaining appropriate levels of customer and tenant services.

HAYDEN ACCOUNTS Dec. 2010 BEAR RIVER-FUEL & R&M

TOWN OF HAYDEN - ACCOUNTS PAYABLE DECEMBER 31, 2010 BEAR RIVER-FUEL & R&M $3709.41; PINNACOL-WORK COMP $3774; CASH-PETTY CASH $64.56; CDC-ENGINEERING $1182.50; CO DEPT OF REVENUE-TAXES $3607; CO TREASURER-UNEMPLOYMENT $393.06; SGM-MANAGER SERVICES $23855.16; DAVIS AUTO-SUPPLIES $260.38; DPC-CHEMICALS $897.72; GALLS-UNIFORMS $1152.74; GJ PIPE-CLAMPS $829.34; ATMOS-GAS $3217.25; HACH-CHEMICALS $119.89; HASKINS, JIM-CLEANING $200; HAYDEN CHAMBER-ADVERTISING $200; HAYDEN MERC-SUPPLIES $52.68; HOLLORAN,

PUBLIC MEETING Steamboat Lake Water and Sanitation District

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING Steamboat Lake Water and Sanitation District will hold a public meeting, January 16, 2011 starting at 12 noon in the North Routt Fire Station # 2 conference room.

Sage Creek Coal Company mine permit

PUBLIC NOTICE Sage Creek Coal Company (SCCC), 29515 Routt County Road 27, Oak Creek, Colorado 80467, has submitted an application for Technical Revision (TR) of the Peabody Sage Creek Mine, Permit, Permit Number C-2009-087. The revision (TR10-01) addresses modifications to the coal handling facilities plan and layout.

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-251

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-251 Original Grantor(s): Alison Frinks and Russell Frinks Original Beneficiary(ies): Homebuyers Mortgage Lending

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-250

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-250 Original Grantor(s): Anthony J Walton III and Michelle J Walton Original Beneficiary(ies):Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting solely as nominee for American Brokers Conduit

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-249

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-249 Original Grantor(s): Jeffrey Paul Rush Original Beneficiary(ies): Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., acting solely as nominee for Legacy Funding Corporation

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-162

COMBINED NOTICE - DEFERRED - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-803(6) FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-162 Original Grantor(s): Martin Brown and Deborah Manning-Brown Original Beneficiary(ies): Fidelity Mortgage Company

Saturday, January 8

Search and Rescue helps snowshoers on Rabbit Ears Pass

A couple from South Carolina and their adult daughter were escorted off Route 1B after the trail ended up being longer and more difficult than they anticipated.

In positive step, Roberts flashes the peace sign

Steamboat's city manager remains in the intensive care unit at Denver Health medical center, but friends and family are encouraged by his small gains.

Snowstorm moving in to Steamboat Springs

The city is under a winter weather advisory and could receive as much as 10 inches of snow by Monday morning.

Bryan Fletcher leads US Nordic Combined team in Germany

The Steamboat Springs skier was ninth after the jumping round but was hampered by a broken pole basket in the cross-country portion of a World Cup event in Schonach.

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Routt County tables transfer of development rights program

The Routt County Board of Commissioners agreed Thurs­day night to take the draft transfer of development rights regulations off life support. “We definitely need this to have a painless and quick death,” Commissioner Doug Mon­­ger said. The transfer of development rights regulations would have conserved outlying rural parcels by shifting development potential to designated areas close to the city limits through a private sale of development rights between landowners.

Fireman’s Ball to make return in Steamboat, benefit help fund

A group of wives and friends of firefighters is reviving what once was a long-standing tradition. Steamboat Springs’ first Fire­man’s Ball was Nov. 26, 1897, at City Hall and was held to raise money to buy equipment for Steam­boat’s newly established volunteer fire department. More than 100 years later, the ball is returning for a department that is 24 full-time firefighters strong. Proceeds from the Jan. 28 Steamboat Springs Fireman’s Ball at the Sheraton Steam­­boat Resort will be used to create a community assistance fund.

Routt County school lunch menus for Jan. 10 to 14

Routt County school lunch menus for Jan. 10 to 14.

The Record for Jan. 6

12:04 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers responded to the 1800 block of Ski Time Square for a report of people fighting at a bar. There were several fights but no known injuries. The bar closed.

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club hosts national qualifier this weekend

The Steamboat Springs Win­­ter Sports Club will host many of the best skiers and snowboarders in the region this weekend during a United States of America Snowboarding Assoc­­iation event at Steam­boat Ski Area. The slopestyle event is a national qualifier and will take place at 10 a.m. in the Bashor Bowl terrain park.

Soroco boys basketball team tops Vail Mountain, 49-41

There was sure to be rust after the holiday break, but eventually the Soroco High School boys basketball team outlasted Vail Mountain on Friday, winning, 49-41, at home. “It was a pretty sloppy game,” Soroco coach Andy Johnson said. “It looked like both teams hadn’t played in a while.”

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Roger Clyne returns with the Peacemakers to Ghost Ranch in Steamboat

Musician Roger Clyne’s recollections of life in the Arizona borderlands depict a lifestyle much different from what is portrayed in the media today. Clyne, who now lives in Tempe, Ariz., will return to Steam­­boat Springs to play a show with his band the Peace­makers tonight at Ghost Ranch Saloon. The show costs $15 and begins at 9 p.m.

Tom Ross: Dancing at the Diamond B.J. in Steamboat

Welcome, y’all, to Steam­­boat Springs, known this week and only this week as the campus of Far North Texas State University. With the MusicFest at Steam­­boat in town this week, Steam­­boat does feel a little like a northern suburb of Amarillo, and it’s a refreshing change. But there’s something missing. Steamboat lacks a sprawling honky-tonk with a wooden dance floor the size of a cow pasture.

Tigers girls basketball team gets past Meeker for 52-35 win

The Hayden girls basketball team’s 52-35 home victory against Meeker was dominant, the Tigers controlled the action after taking a 5-point first-quarter lead. Still, in that game the Tigers saw room for improvement, ad­­justments they’ll need to make if they’re to realize their goal of a Western Slope League championship.

Events in Routt County for the weekend of Jan. 8

MusicFest at Steamboat hosts a free public show featuring Jack Ingram and Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans at 1:30 p.m. today in Gondola Square.

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Hayden boys basketball plays strong even without top player

Tigers win against Cowboys, 60-50

It’s not that the Hayden High School boys basketball team wants to play the rest of its games without Ben Williams, a senior and one of the team’s most experienced and talented players. It’s just that the team took a lot of pride Friday in the fact that it was forced to do just that and won against a tough rival. The Tigers got hot late to beat Meeker, 60-50.

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Steamboat boys hoops team drops behind after early lead to lose

Just about everything fell right for Steamboat Springs in the first quarter of its 4A Western Slope League opener at Glenwood Springs on Friday. Randall Nelson scored the game’s first seven points on a couple of inside looks and a 3-pointer. Isiah Men­doza-Forsyth hit a pair of triples. But everything changed in the second quarter. The Sailors lost, 54-43.

Steamboat briefs: Jean White chosen for 2 state Senate committees

Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp announced Friday that state Sen.-elect Jean White would be appointed to the committees on Business, Labor and Technology, and Health and Human Services.

Fast start lifts Glenwood girls past Steamboat basketball team

Jumping out to a 12-1 lead and maintaining a modest advantage the rest of the way, Glen­­wood’s girls improved to 10-0 with a 52-40 win against visiting Steamboat on Friday.

Friday, January 7

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Steamboat hockey skates to win against Monarch

Senior captain Jake Bearss scores game-winning goal

As the game shortened and the scored tightened, Steamboat Springs High School’s Jake Bearss did what a hockey captain is supposed to do. The senior turned in three defining shifts Friday, capped by a wicked wrister with just more than four minutes remaining in the final period, to help Steamboat to a 3-2 win.

Steamboat city manager opens eyes after ski accident Sunday

Jon Roberts still considered unconscious

Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts is making progress in his recovery after a skiing accident Sunday, Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord said Friday.

Steamboat police keep busy during MusicFest

The Tugboat Grill & Pub shuts doors early because of rowdy crowd

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers and Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded Wednesday night to The Tugboat Grill & Pub after a report of numerous fights. The bar decided to close its doors early.

DOW to draft den hunting regulation

Craig hunter’s kill at center of potential ethics rule

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is in the process of developing a regulation that would prohibit the hunting and killing of bears in dens. During a Wednesday meeting in Denver, the Colorado Wildlife Commission directed the DOW to develop a regulation prohibiting such an action after hearing about a Craig man’s bear kill. In late November, Richard Kendall shot a 703-pound black bear after he tracked it to its cave in Moffat County. Kendall said he shot the bear from about six feet away after entering the cave.

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Steamboat dining review: Cafe Diva

Cafe Diva has become Steamboat Springs’ favorite fine dining experience for a reason: consistent quality. It’s really that simple. No pretentious menu designs or food that is so difficult to pronounce that a Frenchmen would be tongue-tied. Just great food and spectacular service.

Heartz: James Galvin’s book, "The Meadow," gives a glimpse into Colorado pioneer life

Here in Routt County, we know just how remote and indiscriminate the Northern Colorado landscape is. By combining prose, poetry, parable and fact, James Galvin attempts to mimic the litany of natural beauty from which his, and our, inspiration is drawn. His book “The Meadow” — an eclectic amalgamation of memoir, prose, fiction and nonfiction — is a finely wrought and powerful collection of anecdotes.

First Friday Artwalk listings for Jan. 7, 2011

Galleries and venues for January's First Friday Artwalk

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What to do in Steamboat for Jan. 7 to 13

Self-billed as “the next best thing to Johnny Cash,” Cash’d Out is a San Diego-based tribute to The Man in Black. The band plays at 9 p.m. Sunday at Ghost Ranch Saloon. Tickets are $10. Continue reading for more arts and entertainment events.

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First Friday Artwalk features new work from Steamboat fixture Laura Wait

The kozo paper that local artist Laura Wait layers onto panels with hot wax is strong, but transparent. It’s fibrous and detailed. Wait’s new show, “Calli­graph­itti,” opens today during First Friday Artwalk from 5 to 8 p.m. at K. Saari Gallery. Several downtown galleries and venues will feature artists’ work, refreshments and an amiable social atmosphere during the monthly event. Find more First Friday Artwalk listings with this story.

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Interstate Stash Express holding on to the constant

Power rock trio from Lyons plays at Old Town Pub today

Lyons-based rock band Interstate Stash Express comes from a different place, a throwback place formed in the minds of guitarist Terry Kishiyama, bassist James Smith and drummer Thom McKee. It comes to life in their original rock tunes.

Hayden Town Council approves airport liquor license

Beer and wine available starting today in Yampa Valley Regional Airport secure area

Beer and wine are available today at Charlie Epp’s Yampa Valley Regional Airport sec­ure-area eatery. The Hayden Town Council unanimously approved a liquor license transfer and temporary liquor permit for Epp, who began operating from the airport’s secure area in late December.

Community Agriculture Alliance: 2010 a sustainable year

January is a time to take stock of the past year and look forward. In 2010, the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council not only has helped preserve what makes Steamboat special, but the organization also has played a key role in positioning Steamboat Springs as a sustainable community in an increasingly competitive resort marketplace.

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Steamboat parents discuss how to monitor children’s social media behavior

Monique Lingle joked Wed­­nes­­day that her daughter wouldn’t be her friend on Face­­book. Lingle and other parents were given a presentation at Steamboat Springs High School about social networking.

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Steamboat Springs High School skiers prepare for qualifier at Howelsen

With so few competitions before the state championships, it’s a plus any time the Steamboat Springs High School Nordic ski team gets home-field advantage. Steamboat will host the Steam­­boat Springs High School Qualifier on Saturday at Howelsen Hill. The event starts at 11:45 a.m.

Oak Creek to get ski trail

Town receives $6,000 grant from LiveWell Northwest Colorado

Oak Creek residents soon will have an opportunity for outdoor recreation right in their backyard. Through a grant from LiveWell Northwest Colorado, the town of Oak Creek will buy a snow groomer to provide winter trails at Decker Park and Soroco High School for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

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Brent Boyer: Explore Steamboat adds features

Throughout the next few weeks, I’ll be writing about a number of new editorial initiatives at the Steamboat Pilot & Today. Some, like the two-story front page, we’ve already adopted. Today marks the first edition of an expanded Explore Steamboat weekend arts and entertainment section.

Steamboat briefs: Kids invited to Enchanters Junior Storytelling Troupe

Bud Werner Memorial Lib­rary invites children ages 9 and older to join the Enchanters Junior Storytelling Troupe and learn to tell folktales and stories in the oral tradition.

The Record for Jan. 5

The Record for Jan. 5

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Benefit to be held for former Steamboat family

Event to help Kuhl family after infant’s surgery

Molly and Pete Kuhl will return to Steamboat Springs this weekend for a party that will benefit their first child, Jasmine Blossom Kuhl. Jasmine had been born with an esophagus that did not reach her stomach, and doctors had to repair it. Now, friends are holding a benefit Saturday to help with expenses.

Growth dominates Aspen community plan discussion

A roundtable of local officials met Wednesday to sharpen goals that eventually will become part of the Aspen Area Community Plan. Items brought up during the City Hall work session included affordable-housing mitigation, on-site housing, the pace of construction and house sizes.

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Riley Polumbus: Cyclocross: Cycling’s answer to winter

While the snow was piling up in Steamboat Springs in December, Jon Cariveau plowed through mud to earn third- and fourth-place finishes in the single speed and masters divisions at the National Cyclocross Championships in Bend, Ore.

Sailors hockey readies for 2 big conference games

Steamboat Springs High School hockey, 5-1, opens the post-holiday schedule with a pair of Foothills Conference games. Steamboat plays at 6:30 p.m. today against Monarch and at 3 p.m. Saturday against Summit. Both games are at Howelsen Ice Arena.

Sailors girls, boys hoops teams open league season

What a way to begin the post-holiday season. The Steamboat Springs High School girls and boys basketball teams open 2011 and the Western Slope League schedule today at Glenwood Springs. The girls, 4-5, play at 6 p.m. with the boys, 5-5, at 7:30 p.m.

Hayden girls basketball aims to keep momentum

Hayden girls basketball coach Eric Hamilton said Meeker’s combination of young guards and talented post players adds up to a tough opponent. Preparing for today’s 7 p.m. home showdown, he said he hopes his own guard-post recipe can reign supreme.

Hayden boys hoops looking to make it 2 against Meeker

It may not be the same as last year, when a Hayden High School boys basketball matchup against Meeker included two of the state’s best teams. That should do little to defuse the rivalry, however, and nothing to diminish the importance of tonight’s 8:30 game in Hayden, which kicks off the league slate for Hayden and Meeker.

Rams boys basketball team looks to get back on track

After losing its last three games before the holiday break, the Soroco boys basketball team gets back to action at 5 p.m. today at home against Vail Mountain. Soroco, 1-3, will look to improve its defensive intensity and rebounding, two areas the Rams struggled with in earlier games.

3 Routt County wrestling teams travel to compete

All three Routt County wrestling teams resume their seasons this weekend. Hayden and Steamboat will travel to Vernal, Utah, for the Tournament of Champions, a two-day bracketed tournament. The Soroco wrestling team travels to Eagle Valley on Sat­ur­­day.

Hitchens Brothers Wednesday night jump series result for Jan. 5

Hitchens Brothers Wednesday night jump series results for Jan. 5.

Steamboat finishers at Rocky/Central 2011 Skofja Loka Time Trials

Steamboat finishers' combined results from one run giant slalom and one run slalom at Vail.

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MusicFest at Steamboat supports higher lodging numbers than holidays

As it launches its 26th season, the MusicFest at Steamboat is laying claim to the busiest tourism week of the ski season. The Chamber is anticipating 12,300 people will spend the night here Saturday compared with the peak of the holidays Dec. 29 when there were 10,900 vacationers.

Thursday, January 6

Investigation of Steamboat city manager's ski accident continues

Jon Roberts still unconscious; police expect to see ski patrol report Monday

Police Chief JD Hays said a Steamboat police investigator likely would look at Steamboat Ski Patrol's report Monday. Jon Roberts remains unconscious in Denver.

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30 moose spotted in Routt County

Limited hunt in 2011 a possibility after aerial survey

The moose population in Routt County has grown to the point that Colorado Division of Wildlife officials are preparing for the likelihood that for the first time a limited number of moose hunting licenses could be issued here in 2011. District Wildlife Manager Dan­ielle Domson said a recent aerial survey of the game unit located 30 moose.

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Water pipe bursts at Steamboat's St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Downtown church has estimated $15,000 to $20,000 in damage

A broken water pipe at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church won’t halt Sunday services, but the children’s Sunday school program will be suspended for at least a couple of weeks, the Rev. Scott Turner said Wednesday. Steamboat Springs Fire Res­cue emergency responders were dispatched at 4:54 a.m. Monday.

The Record for Jan. 4, 2011

7:48 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers responded to Third Street and Lincoln Avenue for a malfunctioning traffic light.

Steamboat Briefs: Pilot & Today seeking new community representatives

The Steamboat Pilot & Today is accepting letters of interest from readers who would like to serve as community representatives on the newspaper’s Editorial Board. Those representatives will be asked to serve a four-month term beginning this month.

Hayden Town Council to consider liquor license for airport eatery

Group to consider alcohol permit transfer at Yampa Valley Regional Airport

Charlie Epp is awaiting a single approval to offer a full menu at his secure-area eatery in Yampa Valley Regional Airport. The Hayden Town Council is scheduled to consider at a meeting at 7 p.m. today whether to transfer the liquor license from Trini Riley’s Hot Dog’n Para­­dise to Epp’s Charlie’s Chuck­­Wagon.

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Colorado coal industry representatives plan to increase lobbying after tough year

Stuart Sanderson said Wednesday that coal representatives, to an extent, could have themselves to blame for impacts from legislation adopted last year that has coal and mining industries in an uproar. Sanderson, president of the Colorado Mining Association, said part of the problem is a lack of education — particularly at the Capitol in Denver.

Steamboat Springs bus ridership increasing

More transit use this winter attributed to late-night schedule

The city’s new late-night bus service is driving an overall increase in passenger numbers for Steamboat Springs Transit this winter.

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Moguls skiers to hit Steamboat's slopes

Landon Sawyer Bump Bash event starts Saturday

Just a couple of weeks after playing host to freestyle moguls skiers on the cusp of the U.S. Ski Team, Steamboat Springs now will welcome the next generation of freestyle talent. Starting Friday and running through Sunday, the Rocky Mountain Freestyle team will host the Landon Sawyer Bump Bash at the Steamboat Ski Area.

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Sold-out MusicFest at Steamboat to offer 2 free public shows

Outdoors concerts today, Saturday at Gondola Square

MusicFest, an annual group ski trip and music festival produced by Texas-based Dick­­son Pro­­duc­­tions, will offer two public outdoor shows this year for the community and visitors. The shows are at 1:30 p.m. today and Saturday at Gondola Square at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

Wednesday, January 5

No spinal cord injury for Steamboat city manager

Jon Roberts remains unconscious in Denver hospital after Sunday accident

An MRI showed no spinal cord damage for Jon Roberts, who sustained a broken eye socket and three broken ribs in an accident Sunday at Steamboat Ski Area that has left him unconscious and in critical condition. Authorities are still looking into what they think was a one-person incident and are asking witnesses to call Steamboat Ski Patrol.

John Salazar named state agriculture commissioner

Salazar will serve under Gov.-elect John Hickenlooper. He previously served three terms representing Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District and was a member of the House Agriculture Committee.

Hayden girls hoops opens 2011 with win

Team wins at Basalt, 62-43

Hayden used its defense to key the team to a 62-43 win at Basalt on Tuesday. The Tigers, now 6-1, used a 10-0 run at the end of the first quarter to take an 18-12 lead they would never give up.

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YVMC pays for a newborn's flight from Denver hospital back to Steamboat

Hospital pays for mom, child to be flown from Denver

Jessica McCullough is a proud new mother. She’s also thankful. After spending the first 28 days of her son’s life at a Denver hospital, Yampa Valley Medical Center agreed to do what her insurance company wouldn’t: pay to send her home.

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Council gives CMC go-ahead for access road

College to move forward with plans for new building, as well

Alpine Campus CEO Peter Perhac said Tuesday that in all likelihood, crews will demolish Colorado Mountain College’s Monson Hall soon after graduation May 2, then break ground for a new classroom and administration building that could open by June 2012.

City manager's family thankful for support

Jon Roberts remains in critical condition, but is making advances

City Manager Jon Roberts suffered a broken bone near one of his eyes and cracked or broke some ribs in an accident Sunday at Steamboat Ski Area that has left him unconscious and in critical condition at a Denver hospital.

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Joanne Palmer: Things that make me go, ‘hmm’

The next time someone asks me what I do for a living, I’m going to reply, “I’m a professional wonderer.” Wonderer is a hard word to pronounce, right up there with “rural,” which always wobbles around inside my mouth like a handful of marbles.

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Teen hosts Horizons art show in Steamboat

Instructors say art prompts improvement, understanding

As a part of a school project for a leadership class, Steamboat Springs High School senior Katel­yn Ihrig put together the art show featuring work by the developmentally disabled clients of Horizons Spec­ial­ized Services. The show is at 5 p.m. today.

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Gymnastics meet Saturday in Steamboat

Event to feature up-and-coming stars

Ten teams and more than 110 gymnasts from across the state are set to descend on Excel Gymnastics in Steamboat Springs on Saturday for a high-level Junior Olympic competition. The meet will feature gymnasts from Level 4 through Level 10.

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Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue contains blaze on Steamboat Boulevard

A chimney fire in a duplex was quickly contained by firefighters Tuesday morning. Fire Rescue Chief Ron Lindroth said creosote, an oily wood preservative, caught fire and spread to the chimney chase.

The Record for Jan. 3

Monday, Jan. 3 12:26 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police De­pa­rt­ment officers were called to a report that two people refused to pay their taxi fare in the 2500 block of Val d’Isere Circle. Officers contacted the two people, who paid the taxi.

Routt County dispatchers get training system for first time

County commissioners approve purchase of scripted program

The Routt County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to spend $5,895 to acquire the first formal training system the emergency dispatch here has ever had.

Our View: Next time, ask voters for input

We think the process by which Republican leaders selected Jean White to succeed her husband in Senate District 8 leaves the unfortunate impression that it was a de facto coronation and not a process that took into account the changing outlooks of rank-and-file party members in this part of the state.

Daniel Tyler: Thanks, postal workers

After an election season that featured a great deal of criticism of government, it’s nice to note that the folks who served us in the post office during a very hectic Christmas season were invariably courteous, patient and able to maintain a sense of humor. The extra hours and special effort made so we could retrieve packages was a burden on the employees, but they held up well and represented the best of government service. Kudos to David, Robin, Ken, Chris and all the others who helped us get through the holidays with good cheer.

Ken Collins: US not doing that bad

You get up in the morning thanks to your “made in Korea” alarm clock. Throw back the Indonesian-made covers and head to your Braun coffee grinder where you scoop some organic Colombian beans and grind away to fill the French espresso machine. While that brews, you switch on your 42-inch Mitsubishi TV to catch some SportsCenter or PBS or maybe Fox News. Cereal sounds good. You grab a Chinese-made bowl you got at Walmart.

Tuesday, January 4

Club alpine racers place in slalom events

Winter Sports Club athletes land in top 10 in Crested Butte

The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s Alpine Ability team recently returned from Crested Butte after competing in the Millenium Bank Colorado Junior Ski Cup, the first of three qualifiers for J2 Nationals for skiers 15 and 16 years old.

Athletes to get a chance to shine at Steamboat jumping event

Hitchens Brothers series starts Wednesday

For generations, the Hitchens Brothers Wednesday Night Jump Series has served as a starting point for young athletes in the Yampa Valley. This year’s four-event series, which is free to athletes ages 6 to 13, begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday on the smaller ski jumps at Howelsen Hill.

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Booco tapped as acting chief for Hayden Police Department

Police Department sergeant replaces Ray Birch

Hayden Police Department's Gordon Booco accepted the position of acting chief and assumed those duties Friday. Former Chief Ray Birch stepped down after accepting an offer from Routt County Sheriff-elect Garrett Wiggins to become undersheriff. Birch’s first day is Jan. 11.

Weddings big business for Steamboat Springs in 2010

Increased advertising could boost summer bookings for 2011

Some local business owners are saying 2010 was a big year for weddings in Routt County, and as summer bookings heat up in the middle of winter, efforts are under way to keep the bells ringing in 2011.

The Record for Jan. 2

The Record for Jan. 2

Routt unaffected by wage hike

Lowest paid employees in county make more than minimum

The increase of Colorado’s minimum wage won’t impact workers in Routt County, Yam­pa Valley Partners Executive Director Kate Nowak said Monday.

Steamboat briefs: Registration open for city’s youth basketball league

Registration is open for the City of Steamboat Springs’ 2011 Youth Basketball League. Boys and girls in grades three through six are welcome to play in the noncompetitive learning environment.

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Steamboat, CMC craft agreement about proposed buildings

Council to address requirements for college’s plan

Steamboat Springs and Colorado Mountain College officials have crafted a development agreement that, if approved tonight at the City Council meeting, would place a series of requirements on construction related to the college’s proposed classroom and administrative building.

Steamboat city manager improving but remains critical

There was encouraging news Monday about Steamboat Springs City Manager Jon Roberts, who was flown to a Denver hospital Sunday after a critical and still unknown injury suffered at Steamboat Ski Area. “Jon is stable and he’s making small improvements,” said Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord.

Monday, January 3

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Jean White chosen to replace her husband as state senator

After five hours of proceedings and five rounds of secret voting, Jean White received the four votes needed to appoint her to replace her husband, Al White, as Northwest Colorado’s representative for state Senate District 8. A senate selection committee reached the decision Monday night inside the Moffat County Courthouse in Craig.

Steamboat Ski Touring Center New Years Relay results

Steamboat Ski Touring Center New Years Relay results

Base area businesses in Steamboat see sales tax surge

New mountain businesses lead comparatively strong November revenues for city

Rebounding base area revenues led November sales tax collections that were nearly 2 percent higher than November 2009 citywide, enhancing chances that Steamboat Springs’ 2010 sales tax budget could come out in the black. Steamboat Springs collected $970,173 in November sales tax revenues, according to preliminary figures released Monday by the city’s Finance Department.

Aging Well: Tai chi programs changing minds, bodies and lives

Twenty years ago, Ron Wray may not have thought that eventually, he would trade his job as an industrial electrician to study, practice and teach tai chi.

Steamboat Briefs: Horizons seeks volunteers in Routt, Moffat counties

Horizons Specialized Serv­ices is seeking volunteers to serve as mentors to individuals with developmental disabilities in Moffat and Routt counties. Volunteers spend at least three hours a month with Horizons clients. Activities can include hiking, biking, bowling, swimming, fishing, walks, etc. The group also needs volunteers for the Steamboat Marathon, swimming and boating programs.

Deb Babcock: Geraniums bring colors inside

One of my favorite in­door plants during our long winters in Steam­boat Springs is the geranium. It flowers all winter long and doesn’t punish me for neglect. Actually, it is one plant that seems to thrive on neglect.

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New restaurant Munchies opens in Oak Creek

New restaurant has delivery, pick-up from Sharp Avenue store

Munchies officially opened Thursday in the food service space in the back of Mountain Market, 202 S. Sharp Ave. Mountain Market, a convenience store, relocated from the Sinclair gas station in November.

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Young Steamboat skiers heat up slopes

Winter Sports Club athletes attack hill in giant slalom race

Some skied bundled up to fight a bitterly cold day, and others shivered through the morning in race suits. Some took their time in Sunday’s Steamboat Cup giant slalom event at Steamboat Ski Area. The event brought out a wide variety of the youngest racers in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s alpine program.

County Agenda for Jan. 3 and 4

County Agenda for Jan. 3 and 4

Steamboat Ski Patrol saves life Thursday

Responders use device to restart woman’s heart at South Peak chairlift

Steamboat Ski Patrol members used a portable device to restart the heart of a 39-year-old Minnesota woman on Thursday, saving her life at the top of the South Peak chairlift. The woman’s husband, Dion Buhman, said Sunday that he is extremely thankful for the actions by Ski Patrol and other responders at Steamboat Ski Area, in addition to the doctors and staff at Yampa Valley Medical Center.

Monday Medical: How to make resolutions reality

Steamboat psychologist recommends focus, 4 steps to success

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? Or are you jaded by the fact that these hopeful promises we make to ourselves often fade away before the snow melts? Tom Traynor, a licensed psychologist in Steamboat Springs, has some strategies.

Former Moffat County Commissioner vying for senate seat

T. Wright Dickinson said he’s considered a run for the Eighth State Senate District seat for a while. “I’d anticipated that when Al White’s term ended that I might run,” Dickinson said. “(White’s) transition to a new job just brought that on a little sooner.” White, a Hayden Republican, recently announced he was resigning his senate post to lead the Colorado Tourism Office. He will assume tourism director duties Jan. 11.

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Steamboat Today's top 10 photo galleries during 2010

Steamboat Today readers clicked through hundreds of photo galleries on www.steamboatpilot.com. Here are the top 10 most viewed during 2010.

Sunday, January 2

Steamboat city manager in critical condition at Denver hospital

Jon Roberts found injured at Steamboat Ski Area

Jon Roberts was found unconscious on the Sitz ski trail at the Steamboat Ski Area on Sunday afternoon. He remains in critical condition at a Denver hospital as of 3 p.m. today.

Fire damages detail shop in Craig

Early Sunday blaze causes significant damage to Northwest Detail

A fire early this morning heavily damaged Northwest Detail, a Craig business at 197 Commerce St.

Steamboat Today's top 10 photos during 2010

Here are the top 10 most-viewed photos during 2010 from our photographers and readers.

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Steamboat’s Ryan Dyer turns scary crash into his greatest achievement

Freestyle skier named to U.S. Ski Team in December

They start to get worried when blood gushes from your mouth. That’s one of the things 19-year-old Steamboat freestyle skier Ryan Dyer remembers about one of the worst days of his life. He crashed hard on his back after over-rotating a backflip last season in Winter Park.

NOTICE PURSUANT TO THE LIQUOR LAWS OF COLORADO

NOTICE PURSUANT TO THE LIQUOR LAWS OF COLORADO CHOCOLATE SOUP CAFE, LLC DBA CHOCOLATE SOUP PASTRY CAFE 2300 MT. WERNER CIRCLE, UNIT C-1 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO 80487 HAS REQUESTED THE LICENSING OFFICIALS OF THE CITY OF STEAMBOAT SPRINGS TO GRANT A HOTEL & RESTAURANT LIQUOR LICENSE FOR THE LOCATION - 2300 MT. WERNER CIRCLE, UNIT C-1, STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO. A LICENSE AT THIS LOCATION TO DISPENSE MALT, VINOUS, AND SPIRITUOUS LIQUORS. THE HEARING ON THIS APPLICATION IS TO BE HELD IN CITIZENS' MEETING ROOM, 124 10TH STREET, STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO AT 5:00 P.M. ON JANUARY 18, 2011. DATE OF APPLICATION: NOVEMBER 30, 2010.

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION NOTICE OF FINAL DECISION

DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION NOTICE OF FINAL DECISION CLOCKTOWER COMMERCIAL CONDOMINIUM UNITS C1, C2 & C3 (THE POWDER ROOM) #COU-10-01

Historic Preservation Commission

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting Agenda Planning Department, Centennial Hall – 124 10th Street Wednesday January 12, 2011 5:00 PM Agenda Subject to Change

City of Steamboat Springs relating to the 2010 Sidewalk Improvements project

Notice is hereby given that the work for the City of Steamboat Springs relating to the 2010 Sidewalk Improvements project (Apres Ski Way, Eagle Ridge Dr. & Lift-Up bus shelter pad) is essentially complete. Notice is hereby given to all creditors of B. East Construction, PO Box 1503, Hayden, CO, 81639 the Contractor, that FINAL PAYMENT will be made by the OWNER to the Contractor on or following January 13, 2011.

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-242

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-242 Original Grantor(s): Randall S Dodd Original Beneficiary(ies) Washington Mutual Bank, FA

PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING Preliminary Plat

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING AGENDA CITIZENS’ MEETING ROOM, CENTENNIAL HALL, 124 10TH STREET THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011, 5:00 P.M. 1. Project:Sandefur Subdivision Lot 1 Mid Valley Business Park Lot 6 #PP-10-06 (Walgreens) Applicant: Brian Olson, P.O. Box 882597, Steamboat Springs, CO 80488 (970) 846-2614 Location: Pine Grove Road @ Highway 40 (Across from Staples on Pine Grove Road) Type of Application: Preliminary Plat General Description: The Applicant is requesting approval of a Preliminary Plat Subdivision for a two lot subdivision. Through the Preliminary Plat application, the applicant is requesting variances to the required open space, sidewalks, and trails. Project Planner Bob Keenan, Senior Planner, 970-871-8260 or 970-879-2060; Email: bkeenan@steamboatsprings.net

Routt County Planning Department NORTH ROUTT CHARTER SCHOOL

The following matter is being reviewed by the Routt County Planning Department. The Planning Director will make a decision regarding this matter on 01/13/2011. ACTIVITY #: PP2010-047 PETITIONER: COLLEEN POOLE /NORTH ROUTT CHARTER SCHOOL PETITION: Increase capacity to 85 people LOCATION/LEGAL: Tract in the SE1/4 NW1/4 SE1/4, Section 28, Township 9 North, Range 85 West

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-247

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-247

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-246

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-246

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-245

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-245

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-244

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-244

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-243

COMBINED NOTICE - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-103 FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-243 Original Grantor(s): Bashar Alnajdawi and Elizabeth Alnajdawi Original Beneficiary(ies): Bank of the West

NOTICE OF FINAL PAYMENT EMERALD MOUNTAIN ENERGY

NOTICE OF FINAL PAYMENT OWNER: City of Steamboat Springs ADDRESS: PO Box 775088 Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 Notice is hereby given that the work for the City of Steamboat Springs relating to the Community Center Photovoltaic System is essentially complete. Notice is hereby given to all creditors of EMERALD MOUNTAIN ENERGY, PO Box 771586, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477 the Contractor, that FINAL PAYMENT will be made by the OWNER to the Contractor on or following January 13, 2011.

FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-097

COMBINED NOTICE RESCHEDULED - PUBLICATION CRS §38-38-109(2)(c)(II) FORECLOSURE SALE NO. 10-097 Original Grantor(s): Paul H. Doughty Original Beneficiary(ies): The Bankers Bank

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Don’t miss Jimmy Westlake’s top 10 celestial events of 2011

NASA has declared 2011 the Year of the Solar System because of an unprecedented number of space missions to planets, moons, comets and asteroids that will culminate or begin this year. Here's a list of my top 10 celestial events.

John F. Russell: Watching the future unfold

It’s going to be hard this winter for Steamboat Springs to top the excitement we witnessed in 2010. In February, we were all captivated by the success of hometown heroes Johnny Spillane, Todd Lodwick and Billy Demong as they raced to gold and silver in the Nordic combined events at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.

On the Market: Homestead lot sells for $2.9 million at Marabou

Marabou developer Jeff Temple confirmed this week that his project had seen the sale of a 6.7-acre homestead lot for $2.9 million.

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Steamboat Nordic skiers set for nationals

Pressure on for Winter Sports Club’s top Nordic athletes

Haley Piske and Michaela Frias, two Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic skiers beginning competition today in the U.S. Cross Country Championships in Rumford, Maine, have huge goals. Two others, Emily Hannah and Max Scrimgeour, are making their first trip to nationals.

Regular (112) Construction Materials Operation Reclamation Permit with the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board

Duckels Construction dba Yampa Aggregate, whose address is 3500 Duckels Ct., Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80477, phone number (970) 879-6074 has filed an amendment application for a Regular (112) Construction Materials Operation Reclamation Permit with the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board under the provisions of the Colorado Land Reclamation Act for the Extraction of Construction Materials. The proposed mine is known as the Bettger Pit, and is located in Section 4, Township 6 North, Range 85 west of the 6th Prime Meridian, Routt County, State of Colorado.

Amendment application for a Regular (112) Construction Materials Operation Reclamation Permit with the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board

Duckels Construction dba Yampa Aggregate, whose address is 3500 Duckels Ct., Steamboat Springs, Colorado 80477, phone number (970) 879-6074 has filed an amendment application for a Regular (112) Construction Materials Operation Reclamation Permit with the Colorado Mined Land Reclamation Board under the provisions of the Colorado Land Reclamation Act for the Extraction of Construction Materials. The mine is known as the Hogue River Pit, and is located in Sections 4 and 9, Township 6 North, Range 85 west of the 6th Prime Meridian, Routt County, State of Colorado.

Jimmy Westlake’s 2011 cosmic calendar of events

The coming year is full of cool cosmic events, natural and NASA-made, and a complete day-by-day listing is included here.

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Soroco arcade a learning tool for students

High school’s business students apply skills they learn in class

Soroco High School senior Jacob Hange and several friends were at school Monday in the middle of their holiday break. The students were taking advantage of the first out-of-school period for Soroco’s youth center, arcade and vending business.

Lila Rider: Oak Creek/Phippsburg news for Jan. 2

Sympathy to the family and friends of Jim Kauffman, who passed away on Christmas. Love and prayers from everybody at the Doak Walker Care Center.

Laurie Hallenbeck: Hayden Town Talk for Jan. 2

Happy birthday wishes to Greg Schultz, Abi Velasquez, Gene Leck, Laurie Hallenbeck, Janna Hoza, Barbara Kelton, Laura Johnson, Barbara Bessett, Shannon Gore, Randal Muhme and Sondra Boyd.

Joel Reichenberger: Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club ready for great 2011

The past year will be one the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will never forget. Certainly 2011 can’t top that kind of success by athletes with local ties as strong as those of Johnny Spillane and Todd Lodwick, but 2011 still can be a great year for the club, and for competitive skiing and snowboarding in Steamboat Spri

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Steamboat's Anderson set on making final Telemark World Cup trip

Telemark racing is not a sport without its nerves, as Shane Anderson realized again in spring. He stood at the top of the course at a Steamboat-hosted Telemark World Cup event in first place. The thrill of that competition, and the success he realized in it, are what have made traveling this winter to compete in the Telemark World Cup circuit in Europe such an obvious decision, Anderson said.

Our View: Looking for stability in 2011

The past year and decade should teach Steamboat and Routt County to think deliberately and plan intelligently.

Bernard A. Gagne Sr.: Thanks for the holiday cheer in Oak Creek

Now that Christmas is over, it’s time to really say “thank you” to the individuals, groups and organizations who went to so much trouble to spread so much cheer and good feelings to the residents of the Routt County Foundation for Seniors in Oak Creek.

The Jail Report for Dec. 25 to 31

The following is a list of people booked into the Routt County Jail on suspicion of the listed charges. The arresting agency is listed in parentheses.

The Record for Dec. 31

3:34 a.m. Steamboat Springs Police Department officers were called to a burglary alarm in the first block of Seventh Street. Employees at the business think a chair fell off a table and set off the alarm.

Saturday, January 1

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First Routt County baby of 2011 born in Oak Creek

Lawrence Jaconetta and his wife, Paula Jo, of Oak Creek, welcomed their second child Saturday.

Agricultural tax status rules attract scrutiny in Routt County

The favorable property tax rates that are extended to owners of farm and ranch lands played a role in the real estate run-up of the past decade as well as in the preservation of open space in the wide-open Yampa Valley that is home to Steamboat Springs.

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Entry-level prices return to Routt County real estate market

Values between $150 and $200 per square foot more common

In November, the real estate story in Routt County was defined by the sale of entry-level homes at attractive prices. Statistics revealed that of 48 residential transactions in November, 33 were at prices below $500,000.

Routt County real estate transactions for Dec. 27 to 30, 2010

Routt County real estate transactions for Dec. 27 to 30, 2010